Global Health & Humanitarianism

Today, over 140 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 from the humanitarian domain in two core areas:

  1. Driving scientific research and technological innovation to improve the public health effectiveness of humanitarian response.
  2. Critically examining the history, governance, policy, and practices of humanitarianism with a view toward helping to create a global humanitarian system fit for the new century.

Current Projects

Safe Water Optimization Tools (SWOT)

Syed Imran Ali, PhD., Global Health & Humanitarianism Fellow

Water treatment guidance for humanitarian agencies is not currently based on field evidence and may fail to ensure that water is safe to drink in refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. This research leverages machine learning and advanced data analysis to interpret routinely-collected monitoring data to generate evidence-based and site-specific water chlorination targets.

With Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders

Health Emergency Data Science

Syed Imran Ali, PhD., Global Health & Humanitarianism Fellow
Tino Kreutzer, PhD Candidate, School of Health Policy & Management

Humanitarian responders have access to ever more data in the operational sphere but are often unable to utilize it towards better decision-making. This project solicits real challenges facing leading humanitarian organizations & creates transdisciplinary data science design solutions.

International workshop co-hosted by Lassonde School of Engineering, York University & supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada.

Chemical Water Quality & Malnourished Child Health

Syed Imran Ali, PhD., Global Health & Humanitarianism Fellow

During the 2017 nutritional crisis in Ethiopia, an unusual mortality cluster reignited longstanding calls for chemical water quality (CWQ) standards in intensive therapeutic feeding centres (ITFCs). This research seeks knowledge synthesis toward evidence based provisional CWQ guidelines for ITFCs and field management strategies.

With Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders.

Health of Displaced People in the Context of Climate Change & Restrictive Migration Policies

Linn Biorklund Belliveau, Community Scholar, Health, Migration & Climate Change

The confluence of environmental degradation in the Northern Triangle of Central America & eroding migrant protection increases already high risks to migrants' safety & health at every stage of their migration process. This project examines how environmental changes in the region impact migration & health patterns to inform humanitarian responses & migration policies.

The Rainmaker Enterprise

James Thuch Madhier, Community Scholar, The Rainmaker Enterprise

The DIGHR provides strategic support to The Rainmaker Enterprise, a non-profit social enterprise that seeks to transform lives in South Sudan, and later in other conflict-affected regions. Using solar-powered water infrastructure, The Rainmaker Enterprise enhances health by increasing the availability of potable water, enhancing food security & helping to build community self-sufficiency.

Viability of a Humanitarian Tax on the International Arms Trade

Rhonda Ferguson, PhD., Law and Global Health Fellow

Drawing on conceptions of global justice, economic models & international legal & humanitarian norms, this project considers if an international arms trade taxation scheme could finance humanitarian responses & reduce the volume of arms transfers.

With the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security.

Health of Displaced People in the Context of Climate Change & Restrictive Migration Policies

Linn Biorklund Belliveau, Community Scholar, Health, Migration & Climate Change

The confluence of environmental and eroding migrant protection degradation in the Northern Triangle of Central America increases already high risks to migrants' health and safety at every stage of their migration process. This project examines how environmental changes in the region impact health and migration patterns to inform humanitarian responses & migration policies.

Learn More About Global Health and Humanitarianism

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

siali@yorku.ca
@imranono