Call for Papers

Faith-based Engagement of the Global Refugee Crisis

The world is currently experiencing the worst refugee crisis in history. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) reports that there are 65 million displaced people globally due to persecution, war, famine or violence. Many face significant health challenges such as psychiatric disorders, infectious diseases and neglected chronic illness. Faith based organizations and churches are recognized as key elements in addressing this global crisis, and many have been advocates of “welcoming the stranger.”(Deut 10:19; Mat 25:34-40)

What is a Christian response to these populations scattered among many nations? What kinds of unique health concerns do they face? How can global health workers effectively cross cultures to address needs? What does it look like to show the love of Christ in such settings? What resources can Christian global health workers mobilize?

Besides regular general submissions, we call for papers including but not limited to:

  1. Case studies of FBO responses to refugee concerns in areas of conflict or in host countries.
  2. Best practices in improving health outcomes of displaced populations.
  3. Original research on outcomes for health interventions among refugee populations.
  4. Case studies on FBO partnerships with UNHCR or other governmental organizations in serving refugees.
  5. Commentaries on an applied biblical response to the global refugee crisis.
  6. Capacity building for mental health service to build resilience in post-traumatic experiences.
  7. Explorations of the ethics of humanitarian relief and resettlement in context of Christian faith.
  8. The role of Christian advocacy in promoting compassionate response to refugees.

Proposed deadline for submissions is 31 March 2018.

Resources

  1. White K. Rohingya in Bangladesh: an unfolding public health emergency. The Lancet. 2017 Oct 16; 390(10106): 1947. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32677-6
  2. Mishori R, Aleinikoff S, Davis D. Primary care for refugees: Challenges and opportunities. Am Fam Physician. 2017Jul 15; 96(2):112-120.
  3. Partnership note on faith-based organizations, local faith communities and faith leaders. Geneva: UNHCR. 2014. Available here.
  4. Seeking Refuge: Faith-based approaches to forced migration. Princeton University. 2017 March 3-4. Available from :http://religiouslife.princeton.edu/programs-events/interfaith/poverty-peacemaking/pdfs
  5. Horstmann A. Ethical dilemmas and identifications of faith-based humanitarian organizations in the Karen refugee crisis. Journal of Refugee Studies. 2011 Sept 1; 24(3):513-532. https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fer031
  6. Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, Refugees & Forced Migration Hub. Resources available from: https://refugee.jliflc.com/
  7. Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See. Faith and protection: Key elements in the Catholic response to refugees [Internet]. 2012 Dec 12-13. Available from http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/protection/hcdialogue%20/50af94399/faith-protection-key-elements-catholic-response-refugees.html
  8. Palinkas, LA, Pickwell SM, Brandstein K, et al. The journey to wellness: Stages of refugee health promotion and disease prevention. Journal of Immigration Health. 2003 Jan; 5(1): 19-28 https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1021048112073