Conflict, Resilience, and Health Program

at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

Global Justice Program

Medical Humanitarianism

Medical Humanitarianism is a new field of research focused on health-services delivery in crises settings.  Yale faculty have been involved in partnerships to set a new agenda for research and interventions in conflict and emergency settings.  This agenda informs both global health and ethnographic practice.


humanitarianismThe Colloquium on ‘Engaging Humanitarianism’ was held in the Department of Anthropology at Yale in May 2013.  Speakers included Dr. Sharon Abramowitz (University of Florida), Tim Allen (London School of Economics), Byron Good (Harvard), Catherine Panter-Brick (Yale), Joanna Radin (Yale), Peter Redfield (University of North Carolina), and Alex de Waal (World Peace Foundation, Tufts University).



Medical Humanitarianism: Culture, Health, and States of Emergency. Social Science & Medicine Special Issue, edited by Sharon Abramowitz, Mary-Jo Good, Byron Good, Arthur Kleinman, and Catherine Panter-Brick.  Forthcoming (2014).          

Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice. Edited by Sharon Abramowitz and Catherine Panter-Brick. University of Pennsylvania Press (under review).

"Relevance or excellence? Setting research priorities for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in humanitarian settings." Tol WA, Patel V, Tomlinson M, Baingana F, Galappatti A, Silove D, Sondorp E, van Ommeren M, Wessells M, and Panter-Brick C (2012).  Harvard Review of Psychiatry 20(1): 25-36.

"Research priorities for mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings." Tol W, Patel V, Tomlinson M, Baingana F, Galappatti A, Panter-Brick C, Silove D, Sondorp E, Wessells M, Van Ommeren M (2011). PLOS Medicine 8(9):1-5.