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Principal Investigator: Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim (American University of Beirut (AUB))
Co-PIs: Dr. Hala Ghattas and Dr. Stephen McCall


  1. Assess how barriers, enablers, and underlying vulnerabilities measured at individual, community, and structural levels are associated with adherence to COVID-19 preventive/control measures (hand-washing, social distancing, and seeking healthcare upon appearance of symptoms).
  2. Examine how adherence to COVID-19 preventive/control measures vary over time in response to change in underlying and emergent vulnerabilities. [Emergent vulnerabilities may include heightened deprivation, surge in domestic violence, reduced access to non-COVID-19 healthcare services especially for chronic diseases, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, and isolation and poor mental health.]
  3. Utilise rigorous, comprehensive, and real-time data to inform humanitarian programming in response to COVID-19 in the short- and medium-term and to enhance preparedness to respond to future crises.

Zeina El Khoury

NRC Protection Advisor

Robust monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian interventions during epidemics is challenging, but important to ensure that the activities are working as effectively as possible to protect vulnerable persons. This research will help ensure that humanitarian interventions benefit from a dynamic analysis to ensure they are responsive to local epidemiological and community needs.

Hala Ghattas, PhD

American University of Beirut

Hala Ghattas is a Co-PI and an Associate Research Professor & Interim Director at the Center for Research on Population and Health, and Faculty of Health Sciences.

Stephen McCall, DPhil

American University of Beirut

Stephen McCall is a Co-PI and an Assistant Professor of Public Health Practice at the Center for Research on Population and Health, and Faculty of Health Sciences.

Sawsan Abdulrahim, PhD

American University of Beirut

Sawsan Abdulrahim is PI and an associate professor at the Department of Health promotion, Community Health, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Stephanie Bassil

Beirut, NRC Lebanon

Stephanie Bassil is the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at NRC Lebanon

Expected Outcomes

The following research outputs will be produced:

  1. A conceptual framework and survey tool utilised to gather data and test relationships between multi-level determinants and behavioural adherence. The framework and tool will be created through engagement with a community of stakeholders (municipalities, local organizations, and members of the refugee community).
  2. Comprehensive, systematic, and real-time data on the changing needs and vulnerabilities of older Syrian refugees.

These will yield the following outcomes:

  1. Efficient data analysis to inform Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) humanitarian response to COVID-19 in the short and medium-term. Descriptive findings will be presented in the form of infographics/social media bites and shared with the community of stakeholders throughout the life-course of the study.
  2. Dissemination of knowledge gained among the humanitarian community to facilitate a coordinated response to COVID-19 and future epidemics.
Copyright 2018 Joshua Berson. This is Hamad. He fled to Lebanon to save and protect his children. He is helping NRC as a Focal Point because he wants to help them identify their problems and refer them to NRC for help.
Copyright 2018 Joshua Berson. Tarek* and Fatima* are supported under occupancy free of charge (OFC), NRC works with property owners in Lebanese communities to upgrade unfinished houses and apartments to a habitable condition in exchange for hosting Syrian families rent-free for a period of 12 months.

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