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Full report, executive summary and annexes are available to download here.

For enquiries about this publication, please contact our Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises via or Shannon Doocy, Lead Author of HHER2 and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

About the event

Humanitarian crises pose a major threat to health and dignity worldwide. The implementation of evidence-informed interventions plays a vital role in maximising the impact of humanitarian response. Recognising that a significant body of humanitarian health research has been published in the last 10 years, this online event will launch our flagship publication An Evidence Review of Research on Health Interventions in Humanitarian Crises: 2021 Update (HHER2), in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health. Key findings will be presented on Wednesday 22 June, 2:00pm – 3:00pm BST.

HHER2 provides a thorough mapping of the quantity and quality of evidence examining the effectiveness of health interventions in humanitarian settings in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The review captures peer-reviewed evidence published since 2013 and offers an analysis of critical strengths and weaknesses in the evidence base across nine priority humanitarian health topic areas: communicable disease control; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; sexual and reproductive health, and gender-based violence; mental health and psychosocial support; non-communicable diseases; injury and physical rehabilitation; health service delivery; and health systems.


  • Jess Camburn, CEO, Elrha
  • Shannon Doocy, Lead Author of HHER2 and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Jorge Castilla, Senior Health Emergency Response Lead, World Health Organization
  • Will Robertson, Consultant to the General Director; Critical Incident Management Team Leader, Médecins Sans Frontières Spain
  • Chair: James Smith, R2HC Senior Humanitarian Health Research Adviser, Elrha


Our first Humanitarian Health Evidence Review, led by a team from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and published in 2015, was the first report of its kind to provide a comprehensive assessment of peer-reviewed evidence on the effectiveness of humanitarian health interventions in LMICs.

HHER2 was led by Shannon Doocy, Emily Lyles and Hannah Tappis who are faculty in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and affiliates of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health.  

Related Resources

Report Disease (Communicable & Non-communicable), Ebola, Evidence Review, Health Systems & Services, Injury & Rehabilitation, Maternal and Child Health, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Nutrition, Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Humanitarian Health Evidence Review

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