Impact Through A Collective Effort

The Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative is a fledgling effort to increase our impact through the collective efforts of faculty and students through research; awareness building and education; capacity building and technical support to countries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); engagement and service projects; and advocacy and influencing of policy and practice.

Message from the Gillings Global Advisor

Enam performing an ultrasound with the FAMLI project in Zambia with the consent of the patient.


We are pleased to announce the Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative is offering several paid Gillings graduate student internships. Each internship will work on projects focused on different humanitarian health areas our faculty members are engaged in.

Service Projects

We are pleased to announce the Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative is now piloting Service Project Awards at a funding level of up to $4000. We anticipate funding approximately 3-5 innovative projects in the first phase (2020-2021) to provide technical assistance to NGOs or other relevant governmental or parastatal organizations which are focused on humanitarian/development needs. Technical assistance and support will be provided largely through volunteer efforts of faculty and students with funding for related required resources. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Hayley Welgus works with her Save the Children colleagues.

Meet our Gillings Humanitarian Fellow

Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH is an adjunct associate professor in the maternal and child health department. Dr. Jaff has over 20 years of experience working on complex humanitarian crises in conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa. He speaks four languages (Kurdish, Arabic, English and Farsi) and currently works for the International Committee of the Red Cross. As a Fellow, Dr. Jaff will present seminars and lectures; travel, to North Carolina when that becomes possible, to meet with students, faculty and people on campus around humanitarian health issues; provide an internship opportunity; and continue to collaborate and publish papers.