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.

Workshops:

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).

Publications:

A special issue of Social Science & Medicine (and an edited volume published by Penn University Press are two examples of specific outputs for this initiative in 2015. See http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953614005942 and http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15407.html

Abramowitz S and Panter-Brick C (2015). Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice. Penn University Press.

Omidian PA, and Panter-Brick C (2015). Dignity under extreme duress: The moral and emotional landscape of local humanitarian workers in the Afghan-Pakistan border areas. In Abramowitz S and Panter-Brick C (Eds). Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Abramowitz S, Marten M, Panter-Brick C (2014). Medical Humanitarianism: Anthropologists Speak Out on Policy and Practice. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 29. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maq.12139/abstract [Open access].

Tol WA, Patel V, Tomlinson M, Baingana F, Galappatti A, Silove D, Sondorp E, van Ommeren M, Wessells M, and Panter-Brick C (2012). Relevance or excellence? Setting research priorities for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in humanitarian settings. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 20(1): 25-36. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3335084/

Tol W, Patel V, Tomlinson M, Baingana F, Galappatti A, Panter-Brick C, Silove D, Sondorp E, Wessells M, Van Ommeren M (2011). Research priorities for mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings. PLOS Medicine 8(9):1-5. http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001096?locale=en

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. (2014). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953614005942   

“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.