Health Research

Research on the effectiveness of health interventions in humanitarian crises has significantly increased in the last decade.

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Research on the effectiveness of health interventions in humanitarian crises has significantly increased in the last decade. However, considering the diversity of humanitarian crises, contexts and health care needs, the volume of evidence available remains too limited.

The health research programme explores unique scientific questions of high public health relevance that can only be answered through research in humanitarian settings.

Here, consideration of flexible methodologies, research ethics, multisector partnerships, engagement with available public health information systems, collaboration with local communities and leaders, research capacity and multidisciplinary approaches that cut across multiple health domains is necessary.

Through this programme:

  1. We support research that will generate more evidence needed to enhance response and improve human health outcome
  2. We support research that generate evidence on how to deliver quality healthcare in rural and urban populations
  3. We support research to understand the effectiveness of interventions (mainly in Gender-Based Violence and mental health and psychosocial support); and also to understand the most effective way of delivering the health interventions (focus on injury and rehabilitation, WASH and NCD).

More Research Programmes

Climate Research

Focusing on risk reduction a per the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, the climate research programme is addressing disaster risk reduction (DRR) through the generation of knowledge and information that supports anticipatory approach to disaster management.

Data Research

Focuses on the generation of better risk data to support short & long-term disaster risk reduction planning & implementation. The programme is using innovation technology such as drones, satellite imagery, crowdsourcing information through social media & volunteer mapping such as OpenStreetMap to generate risk data & risk assessments.

Cash & Voucher Assistance

The CVA cuts across all the thematic areas that are geared towards ensuring effective service delivery in alleviating human suffering and saving lives of the most vulnerable communities.
The focus of this programme is to enhance the Red Cross Red Crescent capacity for CVA interventions in the region.