Case Studies

Establishing real-time evaluations of WASH interventions on disease outbreaks in emergency settings

Principal Investigator: Oliver Cumming   Collaborators: Lauren D’Mello-Guyett (LSHTM), Peter Maes (MSF), Rafael Van den Bergh (MSF)   The role of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions as a means to both preventing and controlling infectious disease outbreaks is well established. However, at a practice and policy level, there have been numerous recent calls to […]

Improving handwashing promotion in humanitarian crises

Principal Investigator: Sian White (LSHTM)   Collaborators: Jean Lapegue (ACF), Melinda Foran (CAWST), Val Curtis and Karl Blanchet (LSHTM)   In stable settings, handwashing with soap is known to be one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, reducing diarrhoeal disease up to 48% and contributing to the reduction of undernutrition. When a humanitarian crisis […]

Anatomy of therapeutic itineraries: ethnographic insights on Syrian health professionals-led initiatives in Lebanon

Principal Investigator: Karl Blanchet (LSHTM)   Collaborators: Diane Duclos (LSHTM), Jennifer Palmer (LSHTM), Fouad M. Fouad (AUB)   Seed funding was granted by the Wellcome Trust to conduct a feasibility study exploring to what extent humanitarian agencies can build on initiatives led by refugee health professionals to pilot public health interventions for refugees (registered and […]

RECAP – Research capacity building and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics

Principal Investigator: Bayard Roberts (LSHTM)   RECAP is 4-year project led by LSHTM which began in October 2017 and is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund.  RECAP’s vision is to strengthen research capacity and capability to generate knowledge on how to improve decision-making and accountability to help support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises […]

How can we improve the public health response in humanitarian crises?

Adequate, high quality, evidence is lacking to inform humanitarian response teams to ensure they deliver effective interventions. This gap was identified through a 2015 evidence review of research on health interventions in humanitarian crises, authored by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and commissioned by Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises Programme […]