Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

DIGHR is committed to equity and social justice in global health. We conduct research, initiate dialogue and form collaborations to address today's global health challenges.

Updates + Opportunities

What's On

Darwin's Nightmare | Film Viewing
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Darwin's Nightmare | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

107min | Dir. Hubert Sauper | 2004

What do an invasive fish species and the arms trade have to do with each other? The answer creeps up on you in this documentary about Lake Victoria in the Great Lakes Region.

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The DIGHR is getting an education on the art of moving images. Join us as we watch documentaries, thrillers and experimental films on global health themes. Feel free to bring your lunch and your inner film critic.

Moral Entanglement and the Ethics of Closing Humanitarian Healthcare Projects | External Event
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm
Moral Entanglement and the Ethics of Closing Humanitarian Healthcare Projects | External Event @ the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal

Speaker: Matthew Hunt (McGill University) 

Presented by The Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Humanitarian organizations and their staff regularly make and implement decisions to close humanitarian health projects that were initiated in situations of disaster, war or epidemic. Such decisions are frequently challenging to make, and may be contested within organizations. Indeed, they have been described as among the most ethically fraught aspects of this field of practice. In this presentation, I draw on interviews with humanitarian workers, a review of the literature, and Richardson’s concept of moral entanglements, to consider the following questions: What is ethically at stake when organizations decide to close a humanitarian project? And, how can humanitarian organizations implement ethical exit strategies? Closing projects is an inescapable aspect of humanitarian healthcare – indeed, almost all humanitarian projects will come to an end. Careful attention to obligations toward local communities and project partners during project closure is therefore a vital component of ethical humanitarian action.

More info can be found at pragmatichealthethics.ca/events

NOTE: This is not a DIGHR event.

SPHERE Guidelines: Evidence base for major humanitarian response | Discussion
Mar 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SPHERE Guidelines: Evidence base for major humanitarian response | Discussion @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

Discussion Question: Can the DIGHR and partners identify specific research priorities which would develop evidence-based guidance for the gaps identified by Frison et al?

Primary reading: Frison et al. (2018) Does the Humanitarian Sector Use Evidence-informed Standards_ A Review of the 2011 Sphere Indicators for Wash, Food Security and Nutrition, and Health Action. PLOS Currents Disasters

Supplementary reading (with particular attention to section 3, the back story of the SPHERE guidelines): Buchanan-Smith et al. (2005). How the sphere project came to be

Led by Dr. Imran Ali, Research Fellow, Global Health & Humanitarianism, DIGHR

Journal Club is an open forum for informal discussion based on selected readings.

Research Themes

Planetary Health

Understanding and aspiring to enhance the health and viability of human civilization and the planetary biosphere we depend upon.

Global Health & Humanitarianism

Advancing the public health effectiveness of humanitarian response and helping create a global humanitarian system fit for the new century.

Global Health Foresighting

Imagining the convergence of existing and emerging global health challenges to create new policy challenges and opportunities towards a 'Global Health We Want’.