We are Elrha, a force for change in the humanitarian community. The research and innovation we support equips the humanitarian community with the knowledge of what works, so people affected by crises get the right help when they need it most.
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 50 research studies across a range of public health fields, bringing together researchers and humanitarian practitioners to undertake vital research.

Our research studies are funded through ‘Open Calls’, with proposals sought that address specific or multiple public health issues by gathering evidence with the potential to contribute to improved public health outcomes in humanitarian contexts.

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Key Research & Guidance

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

The Humanitarian Health Evidence Review

Tool Ethics Related

R2HC Research Ethics Tool

Report Evidence Review

Operational Challenges of implementing health research in humanitarian settings

Report Gender-based Violence

Gender Based Violence Research Methodologies in Humanitarian Settings

Tools & Research published by R2HC

Article Mental Heath 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

Tools & Research from our funded research studies

Peer Reviewed Health Systems & Services

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

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 Heath and Psychosocial Support

Improving humanitarian assistance across sectors through mental health and psychosocial support

Article Mental Heath and Psychosocial Support

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

Article Mental Heath and Psychosocial Support

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

Article Mental Heath 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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