This 23-page report provides information on preliminary lessons learned from conducting public health research in challenging humanitarian contexts, and includes detailed case studies that can be used to illustrate key lessons learned. It is intended to contribute to the wider humanitarian health research community's common development of practical guidance on public health research projects in challenging humanitarian contexts.
The need for a stronger scientific evidence base for responses to humanitarian crises has been identified by various public health actors. To this end, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust commissioned a project to review the evidence base of public health interventions in humanitarian crises. The overall aim of the project is to provide a rigorous assessment of the current quality and depth of the evidence-base that informs humanitarian public health programming globally.
A programme to support research that will save lives following a humanitarian crisis is being launched by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA), supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID).
A total of £6.5 million will be available over three years, funded equally by the Wellcome Trust and DFID, with ELRHA overseeing the programme’s execution and management.