Integrating evidence on the priorities, needs and perceptions of refugees and IDPs is essential to ensure that public health responses to disease outbreaks are effective and make best use of scarce humanitarian resources. Yet in practice, producing, translating, and integrating such evidence in health responses can be challenging.
Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crisis (R2HC) programme funded some of the first rigorous research on COVID-19 in humanitarian contexts, with a focus on rapid knowledge translation and uptake of learning by humanitarian actors. This discussion aimed to share what they learned about the needs and priorities of people affected by crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic and previous Ebola outbreak responses, exploring how this evidence can better inform humanitarian and public health programme and policy adaptations.
We shared findings and lessons learned from several R2HC-supported research-practice partnerships working in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Bangladesh; Lebanon, Zimbabwe; and Democratic Republic of Congo, during both COVID-19 and previous Ebola outbreaks. Speakers considered the following questions:
As Elrha’s CEO, Jess has developed and led the organisation from its early beginnings in 2009 to its place today as a leading global actor in humanitarian research and innovation. Jess works closely with our Board of Trustees and leadership team to ensure we have the vision, strategy, talent and experience to deliver transformative results in humanitarian action.
Jess serves on a number of strategic Boards for UK research and innovation, including the UKs Disaster Research Group, and the Strategic Advisory Group for the Global Challenge Research Fund.
Jess is passionate about challenging the lack of investment in research and innovation in the humanitarian system, and is committed to working with others to make sure the the challenges faced by people affected by crises get the attention they need, so they can be addressed by the very best that global science, research and innovation can offer. Jess drives Elrha to explore and demonstrate how meaningful partnerships between people affected by crises and scientific and innovative communities can become transformative agents of change and ultimately realise their right to humanitarian action informed by evidence of what works.
Katie is currently working as the Director of REACH for IMPACT initiatives, previously having worked as the Director of Country Programmes and Operations and the Head of Programmes for Africa and Europe at IMPACT HQ. In her HQ role Katie oversaw over 15 countries, conducting several country missions. Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia are some from the 15 countries she was focused on. Previously Katie also worked as a Country Coordinator in South Sudan in several research positions with REACH in the Middle East. Prior to joining REACH, Katie worked for the OSCE, conducting research, including country visits in Macedonia, Serbia, and Kosovo.
Nour joined Oxfam in 2013 and is currently the Humanitarian Programme Coordinator in Lebanon. She works in protection, policy, research and programme management in Lebanon and the region. Nour holds a Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is passionate about raising the voices of marginalized populations through participatory methods in research and programming.
Raissa worked for more than 20 years in the Public Health Humanitarian sector responding and coordinating Public Health Promotion responses in various contexts and countries with Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). She supported their first established Global Public Health Promotion team when it became evident that more expertise was needed to the soft component of WASH responses. In 2010, Raissa joined Oxfam as a surge capacity for emergency responses before being a Public Health Adviser in the Global Humanitarian Team. She is passionate about community engagement and how programme quality should be improved in humanitarian responses and therefore is leading on the Oxfam Community Perception Tracker approach.
Gillian is the Senior Humanitarian Health Research Advisor for the R2HC programme. She joined Elrha in 2022 and works to ensure that the research that we fund meets the priority needs of the humanitarian community and is shared with the right people to make change. She engages with public health researchers globally to ensure that Elrha-funded research is rigorous, ethical, and responsive to the needs of people affected by crisis.
Gillian has a clinical background as a nurse, and worked in humanitarian public health for NGOs, the UN and with research institutions prior to joining Elrha. She has nearly completed her Doctorate of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she researched how communities engaged with responses to Ebola outbreaks in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Gillian’s passion for bringing people with shared interests together enables her to connect communities, humanitarian practitioners, researchers and policy makers at all levels to generate and use evidence to solve complex humanitarian problems.
Ngoni is the Regional RCCE Surge Coordinator of East and Southern Africa Collective Services. He holds a Bsc Psychology, Msc Strategic Management, MPH degree and is PHD candidate. Ngonidzashe has taken part in managing complex emergencies in Ethiopia, Eswatini, Iraq, Liberia, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He is currently working in the ESAR region as RCCE Country surge support based in Pretoria, South Africa.
Fatima Osman specialises in M&E, Reporting, Adaptive Learning and Research across multiple sectors, including Governance/Democracy, Climate Change, Social Accountability, Gender, Livelihoods, Health, WASH, Conflict and Education programming. She is currently the Learning and Change Management Pillar Lead for FCDO’s humanitarian MEL partner in Somalia-MESH II, the Monitoring and Evaluation for Somalia Health and Resilience Programme. Fatima is an ardent believer in the power of information but only if it is backed up by appropriate action; she also has a deep fascination with water bodies and believes that her true calling is sailing and marine conservation.
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