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Legal rehabilitation for people post-disaster and music therapy for sexual violence survivors are among four projects to be supported by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF).

The successful projects, led by the University of Barcelona, Panzi Foundation USA, Microjustice4all and Johns Hopkins University, will be developing and testing a range of innovations to help save lives and reduce humanitarian suffering. The grantees, who will work collaboratively with a variety of NGOs and private sector partners, will receive close to £600,000 in total. This was the seventh round of large grant funding since the HIF was launched in 2010.

Photo showing work by Microjustice Peru

Microjustice4All surveying project beneficiaries in Peru

The HIF, supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), funds projects across the world to develop and implement innovative products or processes to improve the global response to natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

The four projects to receive funding are:

Post–emergency Legal Rehabilitation Methodology and Toolkit

Microjustice4All is piloting a legal aid methodology and toolkit that aims to provide fast and effective hands-on legal rehabilitation in post-emergency humanitarian crises to help victims solve their legal issues, (re)obtain their legal documents, and fill out required documentation. This will help the victims to access reconstruction loans, aid relief, and to restore their livelihoods.

Click here to view Microjustice4All’s full profile and blog.

Music Therapy After-Care for Sexual Violence Survivors

The message delivered through this music therapy implemented by Panzi Foundation USA aims to support the reintegration of survivors of sexual violence back into the community; raise awareness of sexual violence to aid future prevention; and serve as a beacon to bring more women to the hospital for treatment. The expected output is a replicable and scalable model of music therapy that can be integrated into other hospital care programmes for survivors of sexual violence.

Click here to view Panzi International USA’s full profile and blog.

Development of an affordable point-of-use test for detection of enteric viruses and viral fecal indicators in water

The University of Barcelona aims to develop innovative, portable and affordable equipment for the detection of viruses in water samples. Rapid and adequate diagnosis of water quality at the point-of-use will provide data to humanitarian responders in order to design plans to prevent waterborne outbreaks and diarrhoea incidence.

Click here to view the University of Barcelona’s full profile and blog.

Combating infectious diseases with simulation and human factors methodologies

Inadequate adherence to universal precautions for infection control can result in the unwitting participation of health workers in the transmission of disease. This project, led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will utilise medical simulation and human factors methodologies to assess and train health professionals in-country to reinforce adherence to universal infection control measures and mitigate the transmission of highly virulent diseases.

Click here to view Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s full profile and blog.

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