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Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Brown Humanitarian and Human Rights Research

In addition to our core CHRHS projects, there is a wealth of human rights and humanitarian resesarch being conducted across campus. Here we highlight the research being conducted by our affiliated faculty, fellows, and other colleagues at Brown University.  

mHealth Tool for Dehydration Assessment and Management in Patients with Diarrheal Disease

This five year National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research project will develop and validate an innovative new mobile phone based platform for the assessment of dehydration severity in adults, adolescents, and older children with acute diarrhea. This new mobile health tool will help physicians, nurses, and other providers worldwide to determine the best management strategies for patients with acute diarrhea. More >

Pamoja Tulinde Maisha (PALM) Study

The Pamoja Tulinde Maisha (PALM) study is a randomized, controlled trial in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of four investigational agents for the treatment of patients with Ebola virus disease. The study is being run by WHO and NIH and taking place at treatment facilities managed by ALIMA, MSF, and IMC. The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies is supporting its implementation with technical and research expertise. More >

Ebola Research Collaborative

This project, funded by a consulting contract with International Medical Corps, seeks to analyze demographic, clinical, laboratory, and psychosocial data collected during the response to the recent Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in West Africa to develop new strategies for precenting, diagnosing and managing this deadly disease in sub-Saharan Africa. More >

Management of Cholera and Severe Diarrheal Disease

This 5-year project funded by the United States National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center seeks to develop new tools for diagnosing and managing dehydration in children with cholera and other severe diarrheal disease in humanitarian emergencies and resource limited settings. More> 

Costs of War

The Costs of War Project is a team of 35 scholars, legal experts, human rights practitioners, and physicians, which began its work in 2011. We use research and a public website to facilitate debate about the costs of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the related violence in Pakistan and Syria. There are many hidden or unacknowledged costs of the United States’ decision to respond to the 9/11 attacks with military force. We aim to foster democratic discussion of these wars by providing the fullest possible account of their human, economic, and political costs, and to foster better informed public policies. More >