The Global Institute for Health and Human Rights - GIHHR

The Global Institute for Health and Human Rights was officially founded in 2013 by physicians and renowned human rights activists Kamiar Alaei and Arash Alaei with the mission of generating a deeper understanding of the intersection between health and human rights, and promoting innovative solutions to contemporary challenges in this arena. Through research, education, policy, advocacy and development, the Institute seeks to advance the understanding and protection of health and human rights in a theoretical, academic, practical, and ethical context.


Postdoctoral Fellows Program, Global Institute for Health & Human Rights

A Human Right-Based Approach to Health for People Who Inject Drugs (Nov 16 & Dec 2; and The University of Hong Kong)

High Level Consultation Meeting on HIV in Conservative Social Settings in Istanbul, Turkey

Chairperson for AIDS 2016 symposium in Durban, South Africa

In collaboration with the International AIDS Society (IAS), GIHHR organized the Second High Level Consultation Meeting on HIV in Conservative Social Settings at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey during January 30-31, 2016. This event was sponsored by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) to invite a discussion on the nature of the HIV epidemic among key populations. Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei played key roles in organizing and presenting at the conference. The major theme of this conference is A Rights Based Approach to HIV-Inclusion and Support. Incorporating cultural, social, religious and governmental perspectives, recommendations will be presented at the 21st International AIDS Conference, July 18-22, 2016, Durban South Africa ( More information is available at: Photo link: click here. Invited by IAS,  Dr. Kamiar Alaei will be the chairperson for a symposia session entitled "Vulnerable Populations and HIV/AIDS of the MENA Region." This session is to address the trends of HIV/AIDS in traditionally vulnerable and underrepresented populations facing religious stigma and societal biases in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Iran.

In collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) at Pakistan, GIHHR will launch an international research project to address safe medical practice and hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevention in the middle- and low-income countries such as Pakistan since June, 2016.

Invited by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei presented at the annual meeting hosted by NIH on June 9th and 10th, 2016 for ethical, legal, policy and human rights on HIV research for key populations.

Wadsworth Center is the nation's third largest public health laboratory after CDC and NIH. To improve the quality of HIV prevention and care, GIHHR is collaborating with Wadsworth Center to launch important research projects that examine the interaction between genes, behaviors, environment, and the risk of HIV/AIDS. 


In collaboration with the Department and Graduate Institute of Criminology at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, Dr. Kamiar Alaei is invited by the Asia Association for Substance Abuse Research (AASAR) to be the keynote speaker for the 2016 International Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment in Asia.

Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei are invited to speak at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the advocacy course for medical students. This course invites outstanding practitioners and scholars to inspire students and to provide them with a clear sense of how public health advocacy campaign works. The central theme of this curriculum will be focused on HIV/AIDS, race, and mass incarceration.

In collaboration with UAlbany Peace Action, UAlbany Interfaith Coalition, GIHHR and multiple student organizations jointly celebrate the Refugee Visibility Day as well as spread awareness about the challenges refugees face.

Public health initiatives in Uganda: In collaboration with Dr. Denis Akandunda Bwesigye, we are pleased to announce that we will work with the School of Public Health at Makerere University to develop public health initiatives in Uganda in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, women and gender studies, human rights, and education.

Keynote speech in Taiwan: Invited by the National Taiwan University and Taiwan AIDS Nurses Association, Dr. Kamiar Alaei gives a speech on the human rights-based approaches to reduce HIV infections among drug users. This event highlights the importance of knowledge sharing and joint efforts of global health.