About Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC)
The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme is part of the response to the UK Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR) published in 2011. The HERR report found that humanitarian responses are often driven by immediate need and recommended more investment in rigorous evidence and evaluation to better understand what works in meeting diverse humanitarian challenges. The R2HC programme is a core component of DFID’s wider Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Strategy.
The R2HC programme:
- commissioned in 2013 a Humanitarian Health Evidence Review and an Ethics Review and Framework, both of which are available through the ELRHA website to inform potential research proposals
- encourages world-class research through facilitating new research collaborations between operational humanitarian agencies and research institutions
- established a rapid response facility set aside for pre-approved research projects/consortia to be set up and undertaken in the acute phase of an emergency
- recently funded 7 Rapid Response projects during the Ebola Crisis.
Funding decisions for R2HC are made by a committee of 11 leading independent experts in the field of humanitarian work and public health research.
ELRHA is the first collaborative network dedicated to supporting partnerships between higher education institutions, humanitarian organisations and partners around the world. ELRHA aims to see a global humanitarian community where humanitarian actors actively collaborate with higher education institutes to develop highly professional responders, share expertise and carry out research that noticeably reduces risk and ensures that those suffering from the impact of disasters receive more timely, relevant and sustainable assistance.
About the UK Department for International Development
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.
About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.
Our investment portfolio gives us the independence to support such transformative work as the sequencing and understanding of the human genome, research that established front-line drugs for malaria, and Wellcome Collection, our free venue for the incurably curious that explores medicine, life and art.