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Beyond the Basics: How Aid Agencies Help Displaced People

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Cecil B. Day Chapel

453 Freedom Parkway Northeast

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Beyond the Basics: How Agencies Aid Displaced People

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 7:30 PM


International aid agencies provide essential assistance for refugees and other displaced people in some of the most remote and unstable parts of the world. Many people forced to flee their homes depend on these aid efforts to meet their most basic needs for food, water, shelter, and medical and mental health care. As the global displacement crisis has grown to record levels, how are aid agencies responding to the enormous demands? And what can be done to help displaced communities survive and thrive over the longer term?

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) presents a panel discussion about international responses to refugee needs with experts from MSF, Habitat for Humanity, CARE, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Panelists will share stories from the field, explore challenges to aid delivery, and propose solutions to better assist the world’s 68.5 million displaced people.

The panel will include audience Q&A. This free event is open to the public and fully accessible. This event is part of our programming around “Forced From Home,” a free interactive exhibition about the global refugee crisis that will be in Atlanta from October 21-28. Find out more at forcedfromhome.com.


Join us 6:30 PM for light refreshments at our pre-event reception.




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Steven Weir, vice president for housing innovation at Habitat for Humanity International, is currently focused on leading Habitat for Humanity’s efforts as an emerging global thought leader and practitioner in housing innovation; building on his previous operational role as VP for Global Programs supporting over 80 countries. Areas of responsibility included Urban Programs, Sustainable Design and Energy Efficiency; Housing Finance and Market Development; Volunteer and Faith Engagement; Disaster Resilience; Evaluation and Organizational Effectiveness. Mr. Weir started the HFH Sri Lanka country program in 1993 before becoming Vice President for HFHI operations in Asia-Pacific for 20 countries where as a part of that work he oversaw the 2004 Asia Tsunami reconstruction project in four countries impacting over 125,000 people. Early in his career, Mr. Weir spent 16 years in private practice as a licensed Architect, working with a San Francisco-based architectural and real estate development firm, on projects throughout the Pacific Rim.

Dr. Sharmila Shetty is a medical epidemiologist currently at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, where she provides epidemiologic support in humanitarian emergencies like refugee contexts, famines, and disasters. She trained as a pediatrician and joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and provided medical services to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, internally displaced populations in Uganda, and orphans in Sudan. She most recently worked with MSF as an epidemiologist in an HIV project in Dawei, Myanmar. She also served on the board of directors of MSF-USA from 2007-2010. Dr. Shetty completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship at the CDC, and subsequently worked as a medical epidemiologist in the Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch, working on improving the health of refugees resettled to the US. She has also worked as a health delegate with the American Red Cross in Banda Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami; and was on faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, working on the Hib Vaccine Initiative. Her areas of interest include refugee health, and infectious/vaccine preventable diseases in humanitarian settings.

Dr. Africa Stewart, an obstetrician-gynecologist and MSF-USA board member, graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1995 with a BA in psychology and mathematical science. She then attended Drexel University Medical School in Philadelphia. In 1999 she completed a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Planning from the University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business. She then returned to Philadelphia to finish her medical training at Drexel. In 2000 she received a Doctorate in Medicine and began Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Her career with MSF began in Sudan in June 2011. Dr. Stewart has completed 4 surgical field missions and served as a guide for the Forced From Home exhibit in 2016 and 2017. She continues to support women's health care locally and abroad with an emphasis on education and prevention.


NOTE: Seating i​s available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check in at least five minutes before the start of the panel in order to guarantee your reservation.

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