Humanitarian Health Research Initiative

Humanitarian Health Research Initiative


Kamalini Lokuge“The greatest expertise you can bring to solving a problem is the experience of living that problem.”
- Kamalini Lokuge

The ANU Humanitarian Health Research Initiative (HHRI) exists to help those in greatest need. It is led by Associate Professor Kamalini Lokuge, a former doctor and medical epidemiologist for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the World Health Organisation and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Kamalini knows that those who live the experience - mothers, children, health workers and teachers - are best placed to identify gaps and deliver solutions. Too often, their voices are ignored when aid is delivered, research undertaken, and policies created.

Their work gives a voice to those best placed to find, and with most to benefit from, a solution.

The team has extensive experience, in countries including Australia, Afghanistan, Darfur, Uganda, Nigeria, Myanmar, South Sudan, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Sri Lanka and Indonesia.


Improving access to healthcare and wellbeing for all people.


Empowering communities with the capacity to shape and achieve goals for safe, quality, and sustainable healthcare and greater wellbeing.


If you would like to support their work, please consider donating here.

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Safe Delivery Program


Empowering reproductive decisions and services


Building resilience against COVID-19 in Australia


Informing humanitarian guidance to reduce the risk of violence


Strengthening referral frameworks for survivors of gender-based violence


2014 Ebola epidemic outbreak control


Pre-school based intervention to address domestic violence and alcohol misuse



Stephanie Davis


Dr Stephanie Davis

Tatum Street


Tatum Street

Sydney Jantos


Sydney Jantos

Professor Emily Banks


Professor Emily Banks

Professor Cathy Banwell


Professor Cathy Banwell

Associate Professor Kathryn Glass


Professor Kathryn Glass

Dr Grace Joshy


Dr Grace Joshy







Contact phone:+61 2 6125 6303


Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the world’s leading independent organisation for medical humanitarian aid, on a joint PhD program and a range of operational research and evaluation projects.

University of Peradeniya researchers and a local NGO, the Peoples Policy Institute in post-conflict Sri Lanka to develop innovative solutions to the issue of domestic violence.

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Updated:  10 May 2023/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Executive Support Officer