Shaping the future: Our strategy for research and innovation in humanitarian response.

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Our purpose is clear: we work in partnership with a global community of humanitarian actors, researchers and innovators to improve the quality of humanitarian action and deliver better outcomes for people affected by crises.
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WHAT HUMANITARIAN NEED IS BEING ADDRESSED?

Research has shown that there is a lack of data regarding the scale of incontinence within humanitarian settings, particularly within older populations whose needs are often deprioritised, and a lack of understanding amongst humanitarian practitioners on what incontinence is, the causes and the potential support that can be given across WASH, Health, and Protection. A significant psychological burden felt by older people with incontinence and their caregivers, and the need for more support for individuals to be able to manage incontinence at the household level were identified as key areas of intervention. Our project seeks to address these gaps.

WHAT IS THE INNOVATIVE SOLUTION AND HOW WILL IT IMPROVE EXISTING HUMANITARIAN PRACTICE?

This project builds on our previous research, funded by the HIF in 2019, that identified gaps in data, understanding, and treatment. With an understanding of these gaps, we will co-create training materials and provide capacity building to empower older people and their caregivers to better control and manage incontinence during humanitarian crisis.

Our approach – whilst not necessarily innovative – will have a high level of participation of older people and their caregivers in creating guidance to be used by humanitarian practitioners. This process often happens the other way around – that humanitarians provide guidance on the best way to create programming – but we are aiming for the creation of guidance to come directly from those who would benefit from it

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED OUTCOMES?

We aim to have worked with over 500 older people with incontinence and their caregivers, to increase the capacity within the humanitarian sector to routinely gather data on, collaborate with, and provide dignified solutions for older people and caregivers to better manage incontinence.

Materials produced will be openly available for use across the humanitarian sector.

  • A Home-Based Care Training Package (HBCP): practical home-based management of incontinence, co-created with older people and their caregivers and tested in two humanitarian contexts.
  • Comprehensive feedback from older people with and without disabilities and their caregivers about the most appropriate non-food items for managing incontinence in 11 different contexts. Guidance for humanitarian actors on key questions to ask, product types, and tools and approaches for determining preferences rapidly in emergencies.
  • Updated versions of a training for Humanitarian Practitioners on Incontinence, based on the package developed by Oxfam, UWA and ReGIG.
  • A new ‘Washington Group’ style question, tested across 11 contexts, which can be routinely incorporated into humanitarian surveys and discussions to better assess the prevalence and severity of incontinence in emergency situations.

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