Using a Population-Based Survey Approach to Estimate Child Separation After a Natural Disaster Findings from Post-Hurricane Haiti
Stark, L., MacFarlane, M., Rubenstein, B., et al. (2018). Using a Population-Based Survey Approach to Estimate Child Separation After a Natural Disaster: Findings from Post-Hurricane Haiti. BMJ Global Health. 3(3):e000784.
The authors of this article surveyed households in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew in 2016, with the primary outcome being the prevalence of unaccompanied and separated children in the aftermath. The survey found that 3.03% of the 2,046 children living in the surveyed households were separated from their caregivers, and that the prevalence was similar in respondents' neighbors’ households compared with respondents’ households. Despite child separation being relatively low, the authors emphasize the utility of this survey method during future disasters.