Humanitarian Health Evidence Review

The Humanitarian Health Evidence Review: An evidence review of research on health interventions in humanitarian crises, confirms the need for further research to strengthen the evidence base on public health interventions in humanitarian crises.

View the visual and audio summary of the key findings


In 2013 R2HC commissioned the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to conduct an assessment of the evidence-base that informs global public health programming in humanitarian crises, and to identify priority areas for new research.

Building on this, LSHTM have updated the initial review to provide valuable guidance to the humanitarian health community on the effectiveness and delivery methods used in a range of health sectors such as water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; communicable disease control; and sexual and reproductive health.

Associated with the review LSHTM has written papers on injury and rehabilitation, WASH, and non communicable diseases with two more to follow.

The report provides a rigorous assessment of the current quality and depth of the evidence base that informs humanitarian public health programming globally. Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme aims to address the need for stronger evidence by funding research and facilitating partnerships between research institutions and humanitarian organisations.

In the links on the left hand side of this page you can access the full report, the Executive Summary, or the individual chapters arranged by health topic. 

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