Principal Investigators: Parveen Parmar, University of Southern California & Ruwan Ratnayake
The project will investigate and improve a community health worker (CHW) based model for non-communicable disease (NCD) care in a humanitarian emergency. The specific aims are:-
Globally, more than 60% of refugees live in urban areas and have limited access to health systems. Increasing access to health services to urban refugee populations with NCDs is recognised as a major challenge for which humanitarian organisations are not well adapted. Moreover, NCDs disproportionately affect older adults, an under-served population in humanitarian practice.
If the effectiveness of the intervention is supported, then we expect that:
The study will provide a strong case for addressing the continuity of care for urban refugees through CHWs, similar to that used in more stable settings. As costing data will be collected, estimation of the cost-efficiency is possible. The implementation science approach will aim to identify whether or not this programming can be implemented well, and at what levels (patient adherence/satisfaction, clinical outcomes, etc).
In their latest update the team share their experiences of collecting data in Jordan with Syrian refugees and reflect on instances where screening refugees in the community for diabetes and high blood pressure successfully connected patients in need to care.View
The team blog about pivoting NCD research during a pandemicView
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