R2HC funds first 8 projects set to improve people's health in humanitarian crises
Examining the effectiveness of simplified psychological support delivered by supervised ‘para-professionals’ in conflict affected areas and a study to validate a novel cost-effective method for pain control after earthquakes, are among eight pioneering research projects to be awarded grants by the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme.
The grantees, who will be working with a range of academic and operational humanitarian partners, will receive over £1.9 million in total over two years. This is the first round of funding since the R2HC programme was launched in June 2013 to support research that will strengthen the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises.
The £8 million R2HC programme is funded equally by the Wellcome Trust and DFID, with Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) overseeing the programme’s execution and management.
Daniel Davies, R2HC’s Programme Manager said: “These eight projects represent the first round of world-class research that will be funded under the R2HC programme to strengthen the evidence base on effective health interventions in humanitarian crises.”
Dr Jimmy Whitworth, Head of Population Health at the Wellcome Trust, said: “All of the funded proposals are outstanding in terms of the relevance and robustness of their plans to improve population health in emergency situations. They have also described strong partnerships between health researchers and the agencies on the ground which will be crucial for the success of these projects.”
As part of its second call for proposals, opening on 26th May 2014, the programme will support applicants to identify suitable partners and build effective research collaborations. Workshops will be held in Addis Ababa on 30th April 2014 and Bangkok on 15th May 2014.
More information on the individual research projects is available through the ELRHA website at www.elrha.org/work/r2hc.