The R4HC-MENA partnership, funded by UKRI Global Challenge Research Fund, joins colleagues together from across the Middle East region to build capacity and capability in conflict and health research. The breadth of experience, expertise and evidence from our partner institutions, NGOs and policymakers means R4HC is uniquely positioned to contribute to the global response and understanding of COVID-19. We have colleagues on the frontline of humanitarian medicine, cancer and palliative care, mental health and broad health systems responses, and thus can quickly draw crucial evidence to help day-to-day clinical care, humanitarian responses and broader regional policy.
Our research is multi-disciplinary, focusing on the impact of the pandemic on health systems in conflict settings, and both direct and indirect consequences of interventions on health particularly cancer and palliative care and mental health, as well as the broader social impacts. Our cross-cutting work intersects inequality – gender, race, and global power dynamics. Many of us are actively providing clinical care in a wide range of complex settings. These ‘ground truths’ ensure that R4HC research is rapidly relevant to patients, as well as to a range of international partners e.g. CBRL, ICRC, MSF, UICC, WHO, UNHCR and to national policymakers.
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