Deputy Director of the Human Rights Program in the Department of Global Health
Annie Sparrow, MBBS, MRCP, FRACP, MPH is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Human Rights Program in the Department of Global Health, teaching human rights and humanitarian aid in complex emergencies. An Australian, Dr. Sparrow spent most of her first ten postgraduate years practicing pediatric critical care in London and her native Perth. She began focusing more on refugee health and human rights after a brief visit to Afghanistan whilst under Taliban control. She served as a lead public advocate for refugees detained in punitive conditions in Australia and worked in several remote Aboriginal communities before obtaining a Masters in Public Health at Harvard. She then joined Human Rights Watch, focusing on HIV and sexual violence in conflict and working mainly in refugee camps in Sudan and Chad. After HRW, Dr. Sparrow spent three years based in Nairobi working in various complex humanitarian emergencies (Timor Leste, Somalia, Zimbabwe) for the Emergency Response Team of Catholic Relief Services and a further year as director of UNICEF’s malaria program in Somalia for the Global Fund against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She has published widely on the public health crisis in Syria, most recently on the re-emergence of poliomyelitis.