Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative
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
Currently, two billion people live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV). By 2030, nearly 50% of the global poor will live in such situations. These circumstances call for attention and action worldwide. We at the Gillings School already have activities underway in a number of countries through the efforts of faculty including; leading humanitarian-related programs at multilaterals, advising national governments, researching key threats and possible remediation interventions, as well as providing on-the-ground technical support. But we know we can and must do more - both individually and collectively.More on Sheila Leatherman
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.
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.
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.