World Refugee Day 2015
Documenting a new record that they work to diminish, UNHCR (the United Nationals High Commissioner for Refugees) now reports that 59.5 million people are forcibly displaced globally. To put 59.5 million in perspective, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres stated that every day 42,500 people are internally displaced, or become refugees or asylum-seekers. The toll on individuals, nations, and the global community is not merely within one sector but impacts the economy, education, physical and mental health and wellbeing of communities and individuals...etc. Thus, support needs to be multilateral as well. Please join the Center for Global Health in acknowledging the work of different organizations in combating and diminishing the suffering of the worldwide refugee crisis.
At Johns Hopkins, the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response (CRDR) leads the way in "build[ing] capacity to improve the lives of refugees, displaced persons, and populations affected by disasters and conflicts worldwide. We train the leaders, conduct the research, and collaborate with partners to promote best practices in preparedness, response and recovery." One example of CRDR's research comes from the Director, Dr. Tom Kirsch's work in Nepal. Alongside Dr. Judy Mitrani-Reiser from the Whiting School of Engineering and Nepali experts, Dr. Kirsch assesses the imapct of earthquakes on healthcare facilities. The Center's faculty Dr. Wiestse A. Tol provides technical support to a Nepali non-governmental organziation working in mental health and psychosocial support responses to earthquakes call Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal. Learn more about CRDR's mission, education & training, research and partnerships on their website.
Furthermore, Dr. Tol is researching "an integrated intervention for intimate partner violence & mental health" in a Tanzanian refugee camp. PhD Candidate Claire Greene from the JHSPH Department of Mental Health will be joining Dr. Tol's research on this topic through the Center's Global Health Established Field Placement.
Baltimore marked World Refugee Day 2015 in many different ways:
- the International Rescue Committe and other organizations hosted World Refugee Day Street Festival 2015, a celebration showcasing the talents of Baltimore's refugees and immigrants.
- Baltimore's regional chapter of the American Red Cross exhibited "walking in the footsteps" of refugees
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Serices offered the 2015 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy
If you would like to get involved specifically in transporting medical supplies to Nepal, please contact Emily Combs | firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more in our call for support "Global Health Response to the Earthquake in Nepal."
Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. (2015). Retrieved June 22, 2015, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health website: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/center-for-refugee-and-disaster-response/
World Refugee Day takes place against backdrop of worsening global crisis. (2015, June 20). Retrieved June 22, 2015, from UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency website: http://www.unhcr.org/55842cb46.html