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Our purpose is clear: to empower the humanitarian community to improve humanitarian response. We make this happen by supporting and championing the outcomes of robust research and proven innovations.
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Aim: to improve health outcomes for people affected by humanitarian crises by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions.

Our globally recognised research programme focuses on maximising the potential for public health research to bring about positive change in humanitarian response and helps inform decision making in humanitarian response.

Since it was established in 2013, we have funded more than 90 research studies across a range of public health fields, bringing together researchers and humanitarian practitioners to undertake vital research.

We have launch eight ‘Open Calls’ for research that addresses specific or multiple public health issues by gathering evidence with the potential to contribute to improved public health outcomes in humanitarian contexts. We have launched a further four ‘Responsive Calls’ that aim to fund rapid research, usually 3-12 months in length, to inform response to an unforeseen health crisis in real-time.

In 2022, we launched our first thematic calls for proposals. This funding mechanism enables us to launch research funding calls focused on specific health themes or approaches. This will help to build bodies of evidence in thematic areas, responding to identified research gaps and priorities.

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Read our latest Humanitarian Health Evidence Review (June 22)

Recognising that a significant body of humanitarian health research has been published in the last 10 years, we commissioned our flagship publication: An Evidence Review of Research on Health Interventions in Humanitarian Crises: 2021 Update (HHER2), in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Centre for Humanitarian Health.

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What are the priority research questions for MHPSS in humanitarian crises?

Recognising the diverse MHPSS needs in humanitarian settings, and the growth in delivery of MHPSS programmes, efforts have been taken to refine a research agenda that is responsive to the needs of different population groups as well as the humanitarian practitioners providing services. Following a first research priority setting exercise conducted in 2011 (Tol et al, 2011), Elrha commissioned a second review in 2021 to establish an MHPSS research agenda for the next ten years.

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Latest News


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Eight research studies funded through R2HC Annual Call 2020


Insights into funding rapid research


Eight research studies funded through R2HC annual call 2019


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Event: Pragmatism and innovation – collecting data in fragile situations during COVID-19


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Call for Action: Ethical global health research in emergencies

See over 90 research studies we've funded since 2013

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Research Portfolio 2019

Our R2HC Research Portfolio gives an overview of the studies we have supported through our Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme. Through our R2HC programme, we aim to improve health outcomes for people affected by crises by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions. Since 2013, we have funded over 60 research studies across a range of public health areas. We work to maximise the potential for research to achieve change and transform the effectiveness of humanitarian response.

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Key Research & Guidance

Report Evidence Review

Research Methodologies in Humanitarian Crises Review

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

Tool COVID-19, Ethics Related

R2HC Research Ethics Tool

Video Partnerships

Lightning Talks: South-North research partnerships – what works well?

Report Partnerships

Partnerships Review: Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises

Report Gender-based Violence

Gender Based Violence Research Methodologies in Humanitarian Settings

Report COVID-19, Evidence Review

Mitigating Operational Challenges in Humanitarian Health Research

Tools & Research published by R2HC

Report Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Crises: Setting Consensus-Based Research Priorities for 2021-2030


From knowing to doing: evidence use in the humanitarian sector

Peer Reviewed Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Improving mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in humanitarian settings: reflections on research funded through R2HC

Video Accountability & Participation

Dr Rola Hallam: Accountability to people affected by humanitarian crises

Video Partnerships

Working together: voices from the research community

Article Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Humanitarian Exchange – Mental health & psychosocial support in humanitarian crises special feature


WASH Research Prioritisation Briefing Paper

Peer Reviewed Evidence Review

Does the Humanitarian Sector Use Evidence-informed Standards? A Review of the 2011 Sphere Indicators for Wash, Food Security and Nutrition, and Health Action

Briefing Note Ebola

Ebola Research Findings Summary


R2HC Research Forum Report – 2019


Voices from the research community

Research Snapshot Maternal and Child Health, Surgery

Research Snapshot: A solution to the ‘anaesthesia gap’?

Research Snapshot Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Research Snapshot: Do we need to rethink Child Friendly Spaces?

Research Snapshot Ebola

Research Snapshot: Ethical research during a crisis: Insights from the West African Ebola epidemic

Research Snapshot Sexual and Reproductive Health, Water, sanitation & hygiene

Research Snapshot: Mainstreaming is key for integrating menstrual hygiene management (MHM) effectively into emergency response

Research Snapshot Health Systems & Services

Research Snapshot: What makes a health system resilient?

Research Snapshot Ebola

Research Snapshot: Psychological First Aid in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Research Snapshot Health Systems & Services, Human Rights & Security

Research Snapshot: Violence against healthcare: managing ethical challenges

Research Snapshot Disaster Risk Reduction, Disease (Communicable & Non-communicable)

Research Snapshot: Which facemasks are best to protect from breathing volcanic ash?

Research Snapshot Ethics Related

Research Snapshot: “So that at the end, you have a gentle landing”: Palliative care in natural disaster response

Research Snapshot Disaster Risk Reduction

Research Snapshot: The health risks of extreme heat

Research Snapshot Ethics Related

Research Snapshot: “We do what we can”: Palliative care in two refugee camps in Rwanda

Tools & Research from our funded research studies

Peer Reviewed

Cost-effectiveness of WHO Problem Management Plus for adults with mood and anxiety disorders in a post-conflict area of Pakistan: randomised controlled trial

Peer Reviewed Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Epilepsy-related stigma and cost in two onchocerciasis-endemic areas in South Sudan: A pilot descriptive study

Peer Reviewed Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

The Role of the Maridi Dam in Causing an Onchocerciasis-Associated Epilepsy Epidemic in Maridi, South Sudan: An Epidemiological, Sociological, and Entomological Study

Manual, Tool Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide

Peer Reviewed Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Measuring the psychosocial, biological, and cognitive signatures of profound stress in humanitarian settings: impacts, challenges, and strategies in the field

Report Ethics Related

Dying alone is hard anywhere in the world

Article Cash Transfers, Nutrition

Cash-based assistance and the nutrition status of pregnant and lactating women in the Somalia food crisis: A comparison of two transfer modalities

Guidance COVID-19, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Guidance for the delivery of psychological therapy to children by phone

Peer Reviewed Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Guided self-help to reduce psychological distress in South Sudanese female refugees in Uganda: a cluster randomised trial

Peer Reviewed Disaster Risk Reduction, Disease (Communicable & Non-communicable)

Community perceptions of protective practices to prevent ash exposures around sakurajima volcano, Japan

Peer Reviewed Health Systems & Services

Resilience capacities of health systems: Accommodating the needs of Palestinian refugees from Syria

Manual Disaster Risk Reduction

HEAT: A provider manual for healthcare professionals on assessment and management of patients with heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Peer Reviewed Ethics Related

Moral experiences of humanitarian health professionals caring for patients who are dying or likely to die in a humanitarian crisis

Peer Reviewed Disaster Risk Reduction

An integrated approach to mental health and disaster preparedness: a cluster comparison with earthquake affected communities in Nepal

Article Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Improving humanitarian assistance across sectors through mental health and psychosocial support

Article Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Designing and implementing psychosocial interventions for children with severe acute malnutrition: Action contre la Faim’s experience in Nepal

Article Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Mental health research among Syrian refugees in Lebanon: challenges and solutions

Article Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

What strong partnerships achieve: innovations in research and practice

Chapter Ethics Related

Ethical Challenges Among Humanitarian Organisations: Insights from the Response to the Syrian Conflict

Peer Reviewed Water, sanitation & hygiene

Pilot testing and evaluation of a toolkit formenstrual hygiene management in emergencies in three refugee camps in Northwest Tanzania

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