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Before it’s too late: Addressing woman/child health in complex emergencies

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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road

Rudolph P. Bratty Hall – Andrea and Charles Bronfman Theatre

Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

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The Canadian Red Cross Global Health Unit, in partnership with Dalhousie Global Health Office, will host a panel discussion around best practices in addressing malnutrition in women, children, infants and youth in complex environments.

Discussions will focus on the often-overlooked impacts that disasters, emergencies and conflicts have on women and children, and what considerations need to be taken when addressing the health needs of these vulnerable groups. Panelists will cover topics including: non-communicable diseases, such as malnutrition and severe acute malnutrition; and Mother Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) in emergencies and complex humanitarian disasters.

Panelists:

  • Laura Archer, Canadian Red Cross Global Health Unit
  • Dr. Heather Scott, Dalhousie University Global Health Unit
  • Sarah Butler, Save the Children

Moderator: Dr. Ayham Alomari

You can also join us for the panel discussion live online: https://livestream.com/accounts/23489142/beforeitistoolate

Panel Speaker Bios

Laura Archer, Canadian Red Cross

Laura Archer is a registered nurse and health in emergencies advisor with the Canadian Red Cross Global Health Unit, based in Ottawa, Ontario. In this role, Laura provides technical and operation support to the Canadian Red Cross’s international health response initiatives. Prior to that, she worked as a medical coordinator with the Global Health unit, providing technical support to emergency operations.

Laura completed a number of missions with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) before joining the Red Cross in 2016. She worked with MSF in Chad as the emergency medical team leader for a malnutrition program, in Niger as the country deputy medical coordinator, in Sudan as a nutrition coordinator and nurse, in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a medical team lead during a measles outbreak, in the Central African Republic as a nurse with mobile clinics and in Chad as an outreach nurse training and supervising community health workers in two refugee camps.

Laura has her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Prince Edward Island and speaks English and French. She is also an artist who’s work has been on display at both solo and group exhibitions.

Sarah Butler, Save the Children

Sarah Butler is the Director of Emergency Nutrition at Save the Children, U.S. and Co-Chairs the coordination body for Emergency Nutrition throughout the Save the Children global movement. With over 10 years of experience, she has worked in a number of countries throughout Africa, as well as Southeast Asia and the Middle East, designing, advising and implementing emergency nutrition programs. Sarah also manages a Global Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency Capacity Building and Innovation Project with the goal of expanding evidence and improving the quality of interventions in this important public health area. Sarah holds an M.P.H. and Master of International Affairs.

Dr. Heather Scott, Dalhousie Global Health Unit

Dr. Scott was invited by the World Health Organization to lead the South African Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths during her sabbatical. With a calm demeanor, organized approach and attention to detail, she described some of the challenges in maternity care in under resourced settings. She built on her previous experience working with the World Health Organization in Geneva to convey a deep understanding of the process, barriers and solutions to maternal mortality reviews.

Dr. Scott has a strong desire to improve the plight of women in less privileged countries. She is part of a number of educational and research projects across Africa, in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana, and she contributes to each and every one in a leadership capacity.



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