NCD Guidelines and mHealth Records for Refugees in Lebanon

Grant awarded: £257,885

Lead organisation: Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, USA

Partnering organisations: International Organisation for Migration; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Project length: 2014-2016

Study locations: Lebanon

Principal Investigator: Shannon Doocy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


This project aims to develop, implement and evaluate treatment guidelines, and an mHealth intervention (which consists of a software application and a patient-controlled health record). These components will be assessed on their effectiveness in improving patient and provider compliance, quality of care, disease control and health outcomes among patients with hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

The trial will take place in five clinics supported by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Southern Lebanon.

Expected outcomes:

The aims of this study are to produce international evidence-based guidelines on diabetes and hypertension treatment in humanitarian crises. Additionally, the mHealth facility is intended to assist patients and providers in treating these conditions by increasing access to patient historical records, and a decision support tool which strengthens care by identifying key milestones in a patient’s care. The final anticipated outcome of this study is building both IOM and Lebanese national capacity to address non communicable diseases and to strengthen partnerships at the local and national level.


Elrha is hosted by Save the Children, a registered charity in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570).

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