21st Century Challenges and Opportunities for Humanitarian Health Responses

Jul 20, 2023 |
New York, NY and Online
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The Academy partnered with the International Peace Institute (IPI) to explore ideas from the Spring 2023 issue of Dædalus, “Delivering Humanitarian Health Services in Violent Conflicts.” IPI and the Academy cohosted the hybrid forum on opportunities and risks at the intersection of health, development, and peace. Panelists discussed the challenging global context for delivering humanitarian health responses, including the need to address gender-based violence and the imperative to localize humanitarian action.  

A video of the event, below, was produced and provided by IPI. 


  • Dirk Druet - Affiliate Researcher, McGill University; Non-Resident Fellow, International Peace Institute
  • Fouad M. Fouad - Associate Professor of Public Health Practice, American University of Beirut
  • David Miliband - President, International Rescue Committee
  • Jenna Russo - Director of Research and Head of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, International Peace Institute; Moderator
  • Jennifer M. Welsh - Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security, McGill University

With welcome remarks from Adam Lupel, Vice President and COO of International Peace Institute, and David W. Oxtoby, President, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and closing remarks from Paul H. Wise, Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society, Stanford University.

“Delivering Humanitarian Health Services in Violent Conflicts” is the Spring 2023 issue of Dædalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The open access publication is a product of the Academy’s project on Rethinking the Humanitarian Health Response to Violent Conflict. Its essays, art, and literary works are available here.

This event convened academics, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to explore challenges to humanitarian health delivery explored in the Dædalus volume and recommendations for addressing these challenges in the future. 

The publication and project are led by Dr. Jaime Sepúlveda, Professor Jennifer M. Welsh, and Dr. Paul H. Wise. 

Financial support provided by Louise Henry Bryson and John E. Bryson, the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Twenty-First Century Challenges and Opportunities for Humanitarian Health Responses, Event Video