Research projects to improve health in humanitarian crises launched

Ten new research programmes aimed at addressing the health needs of people affected by humanitarian disasters have been launched.

The projects will be exploring a range of the most critical issues that arise as a result of crises, from getting clean water to children experiencing acute malnutrition, to limiting the psychological trauma of young refugees.

The £8 million Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme is equally funded by the Wellcome Trust and DFID, with Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) leading the programme’s design, and management.

Grant-holders will be working with a range of academic and operational humanitarian partners. This is the second round of funding since the R2HC programme was launched in June 2013 and new projects will receive over £3 million in total over two years.

Jess Camburn, Director of ELRHA, said: "The earthquake in Nepal throws a spotlight on the increasing need to support people facing humanitarian crises. We must urgently find efficient solutions to save the most number of lives. Research which underpins solutions in a crisis situation is critical to make humanitarian responses most effective."

Lisa Guppy, ELRHA’s Senior Research Advisor, said: "We are funding researchers and humanitarians on the ground to work together on some of the world’s most pressing health issues in times of crisis. These ten ground breaking projects will advance understanding by providing evidence of what works best; and we can use this to build more efficient tools to save more lives into the future."

ELRHA will shortly be announcing the third call for proposals under the R2HC programme opening in the first week of June 2015.

More information on the individual research projects is available through the ELRHA website.