R2HC Responsive Mechanism: Food and Nutrition Call

Published on 28/09/2017

With generous support from R2HC donors, UK Government and the Wellcome Trust, we recently piloted a new responsive research mechanism to enable the funding of short-term rapid research in a current humanitarian crisis. Using expedited processes, the mechanism allows us to be more responsive to urgent public health research needs.

To trial the new mechanism, a Food & Nutrition Call was launched in June 2017 in response to food insecurity crises in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen and northern Nigeria. This was a closed call targeting researchers with expertise in public health fields related to food and nutrition, and with ready access to field sites in the identified countries. The call presented a unique opportunity to undertake public health research that will contribute directly to the effectiveness of the current response, whilst also increasing the evidence base for future responses.

Three research proposals were funded and will be conducted from August 2017 onwards over an 18 month period. The funded proposals are:

  1. World Vision: Cash and vouchers for nutrition in Wajid Somalia. The research will increase the understanding of how different cash transfer modalities affect nutrition and food security outcomes and health seeking behaviours among pregnant and lactating women and children in their households in Somalia.
  2. International Rescue Committee: Effectiveness and policymaking surrounding combined protocol for treatment of acute malnutrition in food-crisis affected contexts. The research will examine whether a combined protocol for treating acute malnutrition meets Sphere humanitarian standards for recovery in food crisis-affected Somalia.
  3. University College London: Understanding the Causes and Health Impacts of Displacement and Migration on Internally Displaced People in Southern Somalia. The research will examine the causes and associated health risks of displacement for internally displaced people in southern Somalia during the 2017 emergency. [Full project profile coming soon].

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

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