Global COVID-19-Associated Orphanhood
The Global Covid-19 Associated Orphanhood webinar takes place on October 6th, 2021 at 8:30 AM US EDT / (12:30 – 14: 00 UTC) brings together leading scientists and technical experts in the federal government and non-government organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic is destined to leave millions more children without family caregivers. Increases in mortality of parents and other caregivers in the COVID-19 pandemic are accompanied by increases in extreme vulnerability from loss of livelihoods, schooling, health recovery and usual sources of service provision and support. This is a critical moment to understand how COVID-19 will affect the lives of children, how lessons learned from prior emergencies can be adapted, and how an understanding of complex adversities can maximize the effectiveness of our response.
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subject line: Webinar Global Orphanhood.
October 6, 2021
8:30 – 10:00am US EDT (12:30 – 14:00 UTC)
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Susan Hillis CAPT, PhD, MS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Susan Hillis has served in repeated extended deployments as a Senior Technical Advisor on the CDC COVID-19 International Task Force from April 2020 through July 2021, and as Senior Technical Advisor for the Faith and Community Initiative, for the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Her research, spanning domestic and global regions, has led to authoring over 130 peer-reviewed publications addressing COVID-19-associated death of parents and caregivers, HIV, violence against children and youth, adverse childhood experiences, sexually transmitted infections, and orphans and vulnerable children. She is coauthor of the INSPIRE package for Ending Violence Against Children, endorsed by WHO, CDC, USAID, UNICEF, and other key partners.
Andrés Villaveces MD, MPH, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Andrés Villaveces is physician and epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience researching injuries and violence prevention. He currently works at CDC as Senior Scientist, at the Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch. He earned a medical degree at the Universidad del Bosque, Bogota, Colombia (1991); an MPH from Emory University (1996), Atlanta GA; and a PhD in epidemiology (2000) from the University of Washington, Seattle WA. He has worked at the World Bank, RAND Corporation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Geneva Cantonal Hospital, and the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. His work on injury prevention and control includes research on violence against children, women, and youth, alcohol abuse and injuries, transportation safety, burn-related injuries, and occupational injuries. He has written several peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and policy documents addressing violence prevention, injury surveillance and prevention of unintentional injuries.
Gretchen Bachman, MBA
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Gretchen Bachman has worked on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) both as an implementing partner and as an advisor since its inception in 2003. She is currently the Senior Technical Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children at the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC), where she is on detail from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She leads the development of policy and programming guidance for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s portfolio, which spans 26 countries, serves 6.7 million children and their families, and combines the contributions of the Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services, USAID, the Peace Corps, and the Department of Defense. She is a strong believer in the empowering role that communities, especially faith-based organizations, play in the lives of children and families.
Alexander Butchart, PhD
World Health Organization
Alexander Butchart is a native of South Africa. Prior to commencing work with WHO in May 2001, he was an Associate Professor at the University of South Africa’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences. He was a founding member of the Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa, and from 1998 to April 2001 was lead scientist for the South African Violence and Injury Surveillance Consortium.
Alexander Butchart co-ordinates the Prevention of Violence Team (PVL). His main task is to implement the recommendations of the World report on violence and health. This involves the development of technical guidelines, policy papers, and research that can be used to support applied prevention programs and advocate for increased investment in violence prevention. Specific projects include country-level violence prevention demonstration programs, the systematic documentation of violence prevention programs, and research into the economic dimensions of interpersonal violence, including the costs of its consequences and the cost-effectiveness of preventive programs.
Lucie Cluver, PhD
Professor of Child and Family Social Work
Dept of Social Policy and Intervention University of Oxford
Lucie Cluver is Professor of Child and Family Social Work at the University of Oxford and at the University of Cape Town. She works with a superb team of partners and early-career researchers. Together, they collaborate with CDC, USAID-PEPFAR, African governments, and UN agencies to provide evidence-based programs that improve the lives of children and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Cluver co-leads the COVID-19 emergency child abuse prevention response, which has reached over 197 million people in 198 countries with parenting support during the pandemic (www.covid19parenting.comexternal icon).
Seth Flaxman, PhD
Imperial College London/Oxford University
Seth Flaxman is a senior lecturer in statistical machine learning in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London. He helps lead the Machine Learning Initiative at Imperial and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Modern Statistics and Statistical Machine Learning (StatML) at Imperial and Oxford. His research is on scalable methods and flexible models for spatiotemporal statistics and Bayesian machine learning, applied to public policy and social science. He has also worked on application areas that include public health, crime, voting patterns, filter bubbles/echo chambers in media, the regulation of machine learning algorithms, and emotion.
Phil Green, MA
Global Partnerships Lead and COVID-19 Response and Recovery Coordinator
World Without Orphans
Phil Green is motivated by his hate of injustice, an unquenchable hopefulness, and the belief that ordinary people can, and the Church should, make a difference in the world. Because of this, he is passionate to see churches mobilized to ensure that children are raised in safe and loving families. Mr. Green lives just north of London with his wife Hannah and their two small children – Isaac and Tilly. He was previously the chief executive of Home for Good where he sought to inspire Christians to step up to foster and adopt and equip churches to support these families. Alongside his role with WWO, he is a charity growth consultant, and is on the board of a number of non-government organizations – including one of the largest (and oldest) children’s charities in the UK, Spurgeon’s Children Charity.
Philip Goldman, MA
President Maestral International
Philip Goldman is the Founder and President of Maestral International (www.maestral.org), a team of leading global experts supporting the development, strengthening, and coordination of child protection and social welfare systems that meet the needs of children in adversity. Maestral has worked in over 80 countries since its establishment in 2008 in close collaboration with UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank, and countless other non-government organizations and funders. Prior to founding Maestral, he was a member of the World Bank’s Human Development team with a regional focus on Europe and Central Asia, where he managed the preparation, negotiation, and implementation of bank operations focused on social protection, health and education system strengthening. Since 2018, he has been a member of the Lancet Commission on the Institutionalisation and Deinstitutionalisation of Children and is currently a member of the Global Reference Group for Children Affected by COVID-19.
Laura B. Rawlings, PhD
Economist, The World Bank
Laura B. Rawlings is a Lead Economist with the World Bank’s Human Capital Project, a global effort to accelerate more and better investments in people for greater equity and economic growth. In her career, Laura has led numerous project and research initiatives in the areas of cash transfers, public works, social funds, early childhood development, behavioral incentives and social protection systems. She was the team leader for the Africa Human Capital Project, the World Bank’s Social Protection and Labor Strategy 2012-2022, Manager of the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) and Sector Leader for Human Development in Central America. She has published numerous books and articles in the fields of evaluation and human development and is an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s Global Human Development program.
Lorraine Sherr, MBA
Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology
University College London
Lorraine Sherr is a Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology at University College London. She is editor of three international journals (AIDSCare, Psychology Health and Medicine, and Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies). She has a wide portfolio of international research with a focus on children and families, especially those in vulnerable circumstances. She is widely published in terms of books and peer reviewed journals.
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