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Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R)

About the Global Forum

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The Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R) brings researchers and humanitarian organizations (including NGOs, local policymakers and international agencies) together to share experiences and promote collaboration around health research in humanitarian settings. The meeting is built around case study presentations by researchers from regions of the world affected by humanitarian crises. The Global Forum prioritizes the participation of early- to mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), encourages networking and mentoring, and creates a venue for open and inclusive discussions.

GFH2R 2021: Research in the Context of Concurrent Crises

The first Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R) was convened as a virtual meeting from November 8-18, 2021, to explore the theme of "Research in the Context of Concurrent Crises." The virtual meeting, which is affiliated with CGHS' Advancing Health Research in Humanitarian Crises project, served as a pilot to help determine if there is sufficient interest in a recurring event in the future.

GFH2R 2021 was built around 15 case study presentations by researchers from regions of the world directly affected by humanitarian crises. Nearly 100 participants from 31 countries joined the meeting, 70 percent of whom were from LMICs and more than 90 percent of whom identified as early- or mid-career researchers. Much of the meeting was spent in small breakout group discussions exploring key themes in humanitarian health research, such as intersectional vulnerability, inclusive and participatory research, and community engagement. These discussions also examined the challenges of conducting research in the context of COVID-19 and with difficult to reach populations. One additional session brought researchers and research funders together to explore challenges and opportunities in the field.

The GFH2R 2021 Meeting Report includes an overview of the meeting goals and participants, discussion of key themes, detailed summaries of meeting sessions, featured case studies, and an evaluation of the proceedings.

GFH2R 2021 was supported by the International Development Research Centre, UK Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, and the Fogarty International Center at NIH.


Questions? Please email GFH2R@mail.nih.gov.

GFH2R 2021 Steering Committee

  • Yap Boum, MSF Epicentre
  • Abdi Dalmar, Somali Research and Development Institute
  • Shannon Doocy, Johns Hopkins University
  • Seydou Doumbia, University of Bamako
  • Fouad Fouad, American University of Beirut
  • Isabel Cristina Garcés Palacio, Universidad de Antioquia
  • Jill Jones, UK MRC
  • Montasser Kamal, IDRC
  • Daniele Lantagne, Tufts University
  • Adam Levine, Brown University
  • Amit Mistry, NIH Fogarty International Center
  • Veena Pillai, MSF/Diode Consultancy
  • Neelam Raina, Middlesex University
  • Sabina Faiz Rashid, BRAC University
  • Hadley Solomon, Save the Children
  • Carrie Teicher, MSF

Updated September 23, 2022