Securing health care of hidden populations: The case of Children Born of War

What are the special risks and needs of Children Born of War (CBOW)?

Children's faces

We would like to thank the photographer and Foundation Rwanda for the permission to use this photo on the conference website. Photo: Jonathan Torgovnik

The Centre for Global Health and the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo, with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the German partners Cologne Business School and GESIS- Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, are pleased to invite you to take part in an participatory workshop focusing on increasing the awareness of Children Born of War and their immediate and long-term health care needs.

CBOW are defined as children born as a result of armed conflicts where a local civilian woman is the mother and the father a person directly participating in hostilities, e.g. foreign soldier, para-military officer or rebel or mem           ber of a peacekeeping troop. Research evidence indicates that these children are exposed to several interrelated challenges in their life development due to their biological origin and herewith connected discrimination.

Program

5 June 08:30-13:00         

Place: Tøyen Hovedgård, Botanical Gardens, Oslo

Time Event Name
08:15-08:45

Coffee and mingling

 

Chair: Dr. Torunn Tryggestad, deputy director, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
08:45-09:00 

Welcome

 

Professor Andrea S. Winkler, director, Centre for Global Health, professor, Department for Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo

Professor Ingvill C. Mochmann, vice president for research and knowledge transfer, CBS, Head of EUROLAB, GESIS

09:00-09.15

Opening remark

Children born of war – who? Never heard of!

Professor Ingvill C. Mochmann, vice president for research and knowledge transfer, CBS, Head of EUROLAB, GESIS
09:15-10:30 Session I: Health related aspects of being a child born of war – some empirical evidence Chair: Associate Professor Suraj Thapa, Institute for Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo
Giving birth in war zones. Mothers' dilemmas, health care and safety Professor Johanne Sundby, Institute for Community Health and Global Health, University of Oslo
Life situation of former LRA child Soldier soldier mothers and their Children children born of war in Northern Uganda Dr. Norman Mukasa, Bugema University, Uganda
Health outcomes and human rights: challenges for "children born of war" in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina

Amra Delic, Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Universitats Medizin Greifswald; Department for Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, University of Leipzig; Association Center for the Promotion of Mental Health "Sense", Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sick children at war:  Common conditions and (lack of) access to healthcare. Examples from Mosul, Iraq and Afghanistan

 

Dr. Monica Thallinger, Paediatrician, PhD, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Oslo University Hospital

 

 

Open discussion  
10:30-11:00

Coffee break with light refreshments

 
11:00-12:15 Session II:  Sexual Violence in war, reproductive medicine and maternal health – lessons learned from past and present conflict zones Chair: Professor Andrea S. Winkler
Mental health outcomes, stigma and acceptance among women raising children born from sexual violence-related pregnancies in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo:

Dr. Jennifer Scott, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Harvard Medical School

Children Born of Sexual Violence in War: Developing a Research Agenda Dr. Inger Skjelsbæk, Research Professor, PRIO, Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology, University of Oslo
Organized Violence and Institutional Child Delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa Dr. Andreas Forø Tollefsen, Senior Researcher, PRIO

Open Discussion

 

12:15-13:00  

Panel discussion: Health and foreign policy – how to fulfill SDGs 3 and 5?

Chair: Professor Ingvill C. Mochmann

Dr. Noor Khan, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs  - Section for Development Policy

Espen Gran, Associate Area Director for the Middle East, Save the Children Norway

Professor Andrea S. Winkler

13:00-14:00   Lunch  

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to test the game “My Child Lebensborn”, developed by Elin Festøy, Teknopilot.

Background

In the past 10-15 years the research field of Children Born of War (CBOW) has developed significantly (Mochmann 2017). CBOW are children born as a result of armed conflicts where a local civilian woman is the mother and the father a person directly participating in hostilities, e.g. foreign soldier, para-military officer or rebel or member of a peacekeeping troop. Research evidence indicates that these children are exposed to several interrelated challenges in their life development due to their biological origin and herewith connected discrimination (cf. Ericsson and Simonsen 2005; Carpenter 2007; Mochmann and Lee 2010). Amongst the challenges is poor access to reproductive health care of the mothers and their (enemy) offspring during and after conflicts. In particular, the health care needs including the psychosocial health of the CBOW have so far received only limited attention within the global health community. The aim of this event is to;

  • Present the state of the art on the evidence base available so far on health related issues affecting CBOW and their long term implications;
  • Discuss these in the context of findings from more recent/ongoing conflicts where CBOWs are born; such as in Nigeria (Boko Haram), Syria (Islamic State), Ukraine, and;
  • Analyze and discuss similarities and differences in health issues related to other groups of children affected by the consequences of war and conflict.

By bringing together researchers, policy makers and practitioners from many disciplinary fields and sectors working in the field of children affected by conflict, the goal of this workshop is to develop an action plan to increase the awareness of CBOW and their immediate and long-term health care needs, and to define first measures to be implemented by relevant actors. This will also serve as a basis for the preparation of a larger international and interdisciplinary research proposal.

Attendance to this event is by invitation only. If you wish to receive an invitation please send an email to nicoline.lokdam@medisin.uio.no.

Published Mar. 20, 2018 9:31 AM - Last modified May 16, 2018 3:13 PM