Health and Human Rights

Health & Human Rights Program


The Health and Human Rights Program, launched in 2017, aims to improve the health and protection of some of the world’s most marginalized people – those experiencing violence and those impacted by conflict, natural disaster, or other humanitarian crises. Using innovative methods and intense technical assistance, our staff design and implement applied research, partnering with leading local and international organizations to develop new tools, guidelines, and interventions that can improve health and save lives.

Currently, our program is working...

Safer Cash Programming in Emergencies

About the Project

As donors and aid agencies increasingly turn toward cash assistance to support people displaced by conflict or natural disaster, evidence-based guidance is needed to ensure that cash safely and effectively reaches those who need it most. From 2017-2018, the Health and Human Rights Program completed the USAID-funded “Safer Cash” project in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. The project involved intensive research in conflict-affected communities in Cameroon and Afghanistan to inform the development of a toolkit for practitioners to...

Preventing Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings

About the Project

Growing evidence shows that child marriage—a practice that critically infringes on girls’ rights and negatively affects their health, education, psychosocial wellbeing, and lifelong development—can increase in humanitarian settings. Yet research on the drivers of child marriage is limited, and evidence on effective interventions is nearly absent from the global literature.

The Health and Human Rights Program partnered with Save the Children, Plan International, and local organizations in Jordan and Uganda to form the Child...

HRC and Journalism Students Collaborate on Reveal Investigation

February 23, 2022

Grace Oldham of Reveal News, Berkeley Law student Emma MacPhee, journalism student Eliza Partika, and Gisela Perez de Acha of the Human Rights Center and Investigative Reporting Program celebrate the release of “A Strike at the Heart of Roe.”