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The Center for Refugee and Disaster Relief


RobertonTim Roberton, MPH
DrPH candidate, International Health
2012  Recipient

Later this year, Tim intends to use the Humanitarian Assistance Award to travel to Burkina Faso to conduct in-depth interviews with members of the humanitarian community. This opportunity—which would not have been possible without the Award—will allow him to better understand how community health workers can contribute in humanitarian emergencies. After he completes his dissertation on the role of community health workers in Burkina Faso, he’d like to take on a technical leadership role in the delivery of health-sector relief projects.

Before coming to Johns Hopkins, Tim spent 3 years working in the Palestinian Territories and the North Caucasus. He also worked for shorter periods in Banda Aceh, Malawi and Georgia. Tim held positions with World Vision and the Australian Red Cross, with responsibility for a range of health projects: mobile medical teams for displaced families, child friendly spaces, rehabilitation of health clinics, and the restoration of blood transfusion services.

LeidmanEva Leidman
MSPH candidate, International Health
2011 Recipient

Eva spent the past year working with the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response on a Haiti earthquake response study. Her work in Haiti was part of the Center’s larger three-country evaluation of the effectiveness of disaster responses.  The other two components of the study were the Pakistan floods and the Indonesia tsunami.  

While based in Port-au-Prince, Eva served as director of monitoring and evaluation activities for Project Concern International. She supported the Neighborhood Rebuilding Program that is funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. The project was a pilot of the “Neighborhood” model that has since been adopted by the World Bank and IFRC as the preeminent approach to rebuilding after urban disasters.

The project area, Ravine Pintade, was one of the hardest hit by the Haiti earthquake—over 75% of the structures in the program’s area were destroyed. The area was categorized by the UN as a red zone for vulnerability and insecurity. Through the project, all displaced persons were rehabilitated with the repair and construction of nearly 600 shelters. Moreover, the approach focused on integration of services—provision of health, education, water and sanitation, and protection. This provided both emergency relief and started laying the foundation for long-term provision of services.

After her work with PCI is finished, Eva will be working with OFDA to translate lessons learned from Haiti and the “Neighborhood” approach into training materials and tools for use in future urban disasters.

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