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:
- We support research that will generate more evidence needed to enhance response and improve human health outcome
- We support research that generate evidence on how to deliver quality healthcare in rural and urban populations
- 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).