Global Health and Humanitarianism

Today, over 141 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, while available assistance and protection fails to meet even half of the identified needs. With increasing climate and political instability globally, this unprecedented state of crisis is only expected to worsen.

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research is responding to this crisis by catalyzing collaborative research with operational partners to help advance public health response in humanitarian crises and to help make the humanitarian system fit for purpose in the 21st century. Taking an equity-based approach, we have two core areas of focus:

  1. Driving scientific research and technological innovation to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian assistance.
  2. Critically examining the history, governance, policy, and practices of humanitarianism, past and the present, with a view toward shaping them for the future.

Our team is made up of experienced humanitarian aid workers and research specialists adept at bridging academic, humanitarian, and funding networks:

Current Projects:

(1) Water Safety Optimization.

Developing a machine learning-enabled water safety optimization tool that reduces the risk of waterborne infectious diseases in displacement camps.

(2) Flood Modelling.

Using drones to model flooding in displacement camps to inform camp planning and hazard mitigation/adaptation strategies.

(3) Water Quality Effects.

Investigating how chemical water quality influences the treatment and recovery of severely malnourished children and infants in therapeutic feeding centres during famine crises.

For more information on our Global Health and Humanitarianism pillar at DIGHR, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Syed Imran Ali at