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Demystifying Integration in Outbreak Response: Health and Child Protection—Successes, Challenges, and Action in Cox’s Bazar and DRC

March 29, 2022 | 8:00am EST / 13:00 BST (GMT/UTC +1)

Featuring global and country-level Health and Child Protection experts, this webinar focused on the integration and collaboration between Health and Child Protection actors during infectious disease outbreaks in humanitarian settings. Panelists discussed how the Health and Child Protection sectors in Cox’s Bazar and DRC celebrated successes, identified and addressed bottlenecks, and developed practical tools following workshops on integration in outbreak response.

Featured expert panelists

  • Taslima Begum, Case Management Specialist, Save the Children (Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh)
  • Dr. Patrick Libonga Mananga, Health Cluster Co-coordinator, Save the Children (Goma, DRC)
  • Dr. Ayesha Kadir, Global Health Advisor, Save the Children
  • Hannah Thompson, Child Protection Consultant
  • Nidhi Kapur, Child Protection Consultant

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Nafisa* (25) was the first COVID-19 patient at Save the Children's treatment centre in Cox's Bazar. Image credit: Habiba Ummay / Save the Children

Barriers to Gender Based Violence Health Services in Humanitarian Settings during the COVID-19 Response

February 9, 2022 | 13:30 – 14:30 (Geneva, GMT +1)

The Global Health Cluster and the READY Initiative hosted this one-hour webinar to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender-based violence (GBV) health services in humanitarian settings. The webinar shared findings and recommendations from the desk review of the same name (view/download the desk review).

Live interpretation for this event was provided in French and Arabic.

Moderator:
Ms. Donatella Massai, Technical Advisor, COVID-19 Task Team, Global Health Cluster

Presenters:

  • Ms. Saba Zariv, Gender-based Violence Advisor, Global Health Cluster, Opening Remarks
  • Dr. Krista Bywater, Senior Advisor, Gender Equality, Save the Children, COVID-19 and Barriers to GBV Health Services: Cox’s Bazar, Iraq, & Northeastern Nigeria

Panelists:

  • Dr. Hur Salman, Head of Medical Committee, DARY Humanitarian Organization, Iraq
  • Dr. A. F. M. Mahbubul Alam, Sector Lead-Health and Nutrition, BRAC, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Midala Usman Balami, Sexual Reproductive Health/GBV Officer, UNFPA, Nigeria

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Nafisa* (25) was the first COVID-19 patient at Save the Children's treatment centre in Cox's Bazar. Image credit: Habiba Ummay / Save the Children

Desk Review: COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence

From the WHO’s Global Health Cluster (GHC) COVID-19 Task Team: This desk review, led by READY, summarizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender-based violence (GBV) health-related services in Bangladesh (Cox’s Bazar), Iraq, and northern Nigeria.

The report includes:

    • An overview of the impact of COVID-19 on GBV health-related services, common barriers to services, and GBV responses and adaptations;
    • Context-specific information on those same themes in Bangladesh (Cox’s Bazar), Iraq, and northern Nigeria; and
    • General and context-specific recommendations for governments, NGOs, healthcare providers, the UN and donors, and other actors.

Download the Barriers to Gender Based Violence (GBV) health services in humanitarian settings during COVID-19 desk review (580kb .pdf).