Our Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme supports research-practice collaborations aimed at improving the public health response in humanitarian crisis.
Here’s a round-up of the R2HC research studies that closed in 2023 and what we can learn from them:
Providing free cooking fuel to Rohingya refugees reduced deforestation near refugee camps, improved refugees’ food security, mental and physical health, and lessened tensions with host communities.
A multi-pronged, community-centred package of interventions is proving effective at tackling onchocerciasis and nodding disease in South Sudan.
Not only can multi-sectoral humanitarian needs assessments be done online, but they also produce the same results as interviews.
Running a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to test a hypothesis about public health misinformation during COVID-19 was… challenging (but attention to the Theory of Change could have strengthened the study).
Telephone-based ‘interactive voice response’ technology could assist with information dissemination and data collection during outbreak responses.
Child Friendly Spaces have psychosocial benefits for young people, but complementary programming is needed alongside them, to strengthen child protection and sustain impact for communities.
Multi-sectoral ‘cash-plus’ interventions significantly reduced childbearing and marriage among adolescent girls in drought-affected Wajir County, Kenya.
Women and girls in fragile settings experience more severe complications from abortion than shown in similar studies in stable settings.
An RCT is the next step to test whether combining the mental health intervention Self-Help Plus with a substance misuse intervention is effective in reducing psychological distress in refugees.
A decade of violent attacks on Syrian hospitals has had deep, severe impacts on the health system, workforce, and people’s access to healthcare.
Humanitarian organisations should consider integrating pneumococcal conjugate vaccine campaigns for – as a minimum – children under five-years-old into routine humanitarian response.
A seasonal ‘cash for work’ programme in South Sudan had no effects, either positive or negative, on either intimate partner violence or food insecurity amongst the participants.
A new tool to measure independence in patients recovering from traumatic injury proved effective and reliable when tested in humanitarian contexts.
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