As COVID-19 began to spread around the world, the humanitarian community worked to respond to the impact the pandemic would have on those already affected by crises, and the most vulnerable communities. The pandemic brought new challenges for researchers, innovators and humanitarian actors at local, national and global levels.
Here you can find out about our work supporting the humanitarian sector to respond to these challenges, including our latest learning and updates.
Particularly we focus on the outputs from our Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme’s Responsive Call on COVID-19, which launched in March 2020.
This page is continually updated as findings are received and our COVID-19 response work grows.
We funded 15 humanitarian health research studies as part of our COVID-19 responsive funding call for proposals.
This was an urgent funding call for robust public health research proposals that will contribute to the effectiveness of the current humanitarian response to COVID-19 and increase the evidence base for future responses to similar infectious disease outbreaks.
The selected studies cover a diverse range of topics, outlined below by theme. Visit their study profiles to find out more including their findings, recommendations and outputs.
1) COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip: community practices in Palestine refugee camps
Lead: University of Bath
2) Cash transfers and COVID-19: Experiences from Kiryandongo refugee settlement, Uganda
3) Knowledge, adherence and the lived experiences of refugees in COVID-19: A comparative assessment of urban and rural refugee settings in Uganda
Lead: Makerere University
4) Implementation of public health measures among internally displaced people during the COVID-19 pandemic in Francophone Africa: Pilot study of Mali
Lead: Faculty of Medicine & Odontostomatology (FMOS) of Bamako
5) Using radio and social media to address misinformation about COVID-19 amongst Internally Displaced Persons in Burkina Faso
Lead: University of Sheffield
6) Tracking adherence of older refugees to COVID-19 preventive measures in response to changing vulnerabilities: A multi-level, panel study to inform humanitarian response in Lebanon
Lead: Norwegian Refugee Council
7) Understanding the impact of misinformation on the uptake of and adherence to COVID-19 related public health measures in refugee and IDP settings across Kenya, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Lead: Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
8) Strengthening the humanitarian response to COVID-19 in Colombia
Lead: Brandeis University
9) Tracking Community Perceptions: A vital voice in curbing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases
Locations: Lebanon & Zimbabwe
1) Using Humanitarian Engineering to Solve Social Distancing Barriers in Refugee Humanitarian Interventions: A Cross-Country Comparison of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan (Conditional)
Lead: Michigan State University
Locations: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan
2) Monitoring and maintenance of handwashing devices during the COVID-19 crisis in a humanitarian context – the role of psychological ownership
Lead: Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Location: Bangladesh (Cox’s Bazar)
1) Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on multi-sectoral humanitarian needs
Lead: IMPACT Initiatives
Locations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Ukraine
2) Gender-based violence (GBV) risk mitigation among non-protection humanitarian sectors in the context of COVID-19
Lead: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1) Health system and community responses to COVID-19: a comparative study focused on Palestinian refugees in Gaza and Lebanon
Lead: Queen Margaret University
Location: OPT (Gaza), Lebanon
1) Dial-COVID: remote mitigation through telephone symptom surveillance in refugee settlements in Uganda
Lead: University of Washington
If you want to learn more about the COVID-19 responsive funding call or our R2HC studies, please get in touch with the team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See all the latest outputs, tools and evidence from our funded research studies to support the humanitarian sector’s response to COVID-19 on our Tools and Research page.
You can find blogs on our Medium. Here we share insights from our team on funding rapid research in response to COVID-19, conducting research in a pandemic and research uptake in a COVID-19 world.
Below you can find news from our funded studies and projects related to COVID-19, as well as relevant updates from our team.
As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, organisations and communities are dealing with challenges on an unprecedented level. Through our Support Hub we’ve been sharing some of the resources and guidance created across the humanitarian community, as well as relevant tools and resources from us.
Banner image: Handwashing station at a public latrine in the Rohingya refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo credit: Florian Haas, Austrian Red Cross. Provided as part of R2HC-funded study: ‘Psychological ownership and handwashing-device functionality during the COVID-19 crisis’.
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