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5 Results for Contextual Factors

5.4 Coordination

5.4.3 Recommendations for future research


  • More research is needed to understand the impact that coordination has on public health interventions during armed conflict.
  • Greater research attention should be given to the cost-benefit analysis of coordination of humanitarian public health interventions.
  • More research is needed into mechanisms and policies that safeguard or improve coordination during humanitarian crises.
  • Evidence is needed to understand OCHA’s ‘fitness-for-purpose’ for helping to address health needs.


  • More evidence is needed on the impact of integrated UN missions on healthcare delivery.
  • More research is required to analyse how international communities coordinate with local government.


  • High quality comparative studies are needed to inform how coordination influences public health interventions, in particular the comparison of health interventions under varying levels of coordination; international vs. purely local/domestic mechanisms of coordination; urban vs. rural settings; and in natural disasters vs. armed conflict.
  • There is a need for research into the characterisation and influence of different aspects of coordination on public healthcare interventions, including coordination of information and its management; logistics; human and material resources; technologies; and institutional, trust and social networks.
  • Greater research attention could be given to the advantages and disadvantages for health of pooled funding within the UN structure.
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