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We are working in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to increase the evidence base on violence against healthcare in conflicts and other emergencies, as part of the Healthcare in Danger Initiative.

A key component of this work is the commissioning of a situation analysis and review of the current evidence base to determine areas where further research is needed. An Expert Working Group (EWG) has been established to help guide the overall focus of the review and, once the findings are available, to help shape the development of a foreseen second phase of work which will be a funding stream to support research to address priority evidence gaps.

Violence against healthcare has attracted considerable attention, mainly due to the visibility of the most blatant violations in countries such as Syria and Yemen, but overall it remains under-researched.


The overall aim of the review is to identify evidence gaps that might be addressed through a dedicated research funding stream.


The specific objective is to obtain an overview of the situation with respect to violence against healthcare and its impact on public health, by identifying and documenting effective strategies to prevent, mitigate and measure violence against healthcare. The review will identify evidence gaps and research priorities, including the existence, or otherwise, of appropriate tools to address the operational needs of humanitarian and other practitioners.


  • A Situation Analysis and Review of the Evidence Base report that will:
    i. Document across multiple contexts, including at times of peace in high income countries and non-conflict settings, the impacts on public health of violence against healthcare, and analyse the quality of monitoring mechanisms, instruments and tools currently used to measure violence.
    ii. Identify innovative strategies to prevent violence against healthcare, including approaches used in other fields that could be applicable for use in conflict and other emergency settings.
    iii. Identify evidence gaps to set the future research agenda on violence against healthcare.
  • 2. Executive Summary Report.
  • 3. Presentation of review findings at a stakeholder event in early 2020.
  • 4. Full data sets

Violence against Healthcare Situation Analysis & Review of the Evidence Base

Read the full Terms of Reference to find out more, who we’re looking to work with, the timeline and how to apply!

Deadline: 23 June 2019.

Find out more about the vital work of the Healthcare in Danger Initiative…

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