Skip to main content

Table 1 Overview of mental health and psychosocial support research supported by the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises program

From: Improving mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in humanitarian settings: reflections on research funded through R2HC

Location Topic Design Status Partners
Democratic Republic of the Congo Evaluation of a community-based intervention to reduce Gender Based Violence working with men who are perceived to be violent Mixed methods; cluster randomized controlled trial Ongoing University of Rwanda, Institut Supérieur du Lac, Living Peace Institute
Haiti, Nepal Evaluation of a community-based mental health integrated disaster preparedness intervention with natural disaster-prone communities Randomized controlled trial (2 studies); Matched cluster comparison (1 study) Completed University of Colorado; Soulaje Lespri Moun (SLM, Haiti); Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal (TPO Nepal)
Jordan, Nepal, Uganda Evaluation of the longer-term mental health, developmental and systems impact of child friendly spaces (CFS) in humanitarian emergencies Longitudinal controlled cohorts Completed World Vision and Columbia University in collaboration with Save the Children, Unicef, and Plan International
Jordan Evaluation of a profound stress attunement psychosocial intervention with Syrian refugee and Jordanian adolescents Mixed methods randomized controlled trial Completed Yale University; Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; Mercy Corps; Taghyeer; University of Western Ontario; Harvard University
Jordan Evaluation of a transdiagnostic, multi-component behavioral intervention for early adolescent Syrian refugees and their caregivers (Early Adolescent Skills for Emotions) (EASE) Mixed methods, feasibility and fully powered cluster randomized trial Ongoing University of New South Wales, Noor Al Hussein Institute for Family Health
Lebanon Adaptation and evaluation of a transdiagnostic psychotherapy for delivery by trained lay counsellors over the phone (Common Elements Treatment Approach) (CETA) Mixed methods, pilot randomized controlled trial Ongoing Queen Mary University of London, Médecins du Monde, Lebanon; American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Johns Hopkins University, USA; Medical School Hamburg, Germany
Lebanon Evaluation of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Step-by-Step (SbS), delivered electronically, with Syrian refugees Mixed methods randomized controlled trial Ongoing World Health Organization, International Medical Corps (IMC); VU University Amsterdam; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); AFMM & St Joseph University, Lebanon; University of Zurich
Liberia, Sierra Leone Retrospective investigation of the deployment of psychological first aid (PFA) in the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa and, prospective examination of roll-out across the health sectors in Sierra Leone. Mixed methods, controlled cohort Completed War Trauma Foundation, Queen Margaret University; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; University of Makeni; Liberia Center for Outcomes Research in Mental Health (LiCORMH)
Nepal Expansion of existing R2HC-funded study in Haiti and Nepal, to rapidly adapt an existing intervention and apply it to earthquake affected areas in Kathmandu Valley. Qualitative adaptation, mixed methods controlled cohort Completed University of Colorado, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal: (TPO Nepal)
Nepal Evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and long-term impact of a combined nutrition/psychosocial intervention on the growth and development of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in the Saptari District of Nepal Mixed methods, randomized controlled trial Completed Action Contre La Faim France, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (ICDDR-B); District Public Health Office, Rajbiraj; Child Health Divison; NEEP
Pakistan Evaluation of a multi-component behavioral intervention with conflict-affected adults (Problem Management Plus) (PM+) Mixed methods, feasibility and fully powered cluster randomized trial Completed World Health Organization, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar; Human Development Research Foundation; Rawalpindi Medical College; University of New South Wales; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
South Sudan Evaluation of a community-based program to protect children from developing epilepsy and improve the treatment and care of persons with epilepsy in onchocerciasis (‘river blindness’) endemic regions in South Sudan Mixed methods and cohort studies (3 sites) Ongoing Amref Health Africa, Amref International University, Kenya; Ministry of Health, South Sudan; Global Health Institute, University of Antwerp, Belgium; University of Oxford, UK; Light for the World, Germany; OVCI la Nostra Famiglia, South Sudan; Mentor Initiative Sight Savers, South Sudan; and CUAMM, South Sudan
South Sudan Evaluation of the impact of cash-based programming on intimate partner violence, including the potential role of mental health in this relationship Mixed methods, controlled cohort Ongoing World Vision, Johns Hopkins University
Tanzania Evaluation of a combined empowerment counseling and group psychotherapy intervention for female Congolese refugees who experienced intimate partner violence in the last year (Nguvu) Mixed methods, feasibility cluster randomized controlled trial Completed Johns Hopkins University, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, International Rescue Committee, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, University of New South Wales
Tanzania Evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of a brief empowerment counseling intervention among pregnant women and girls with Congolese and Burundian refugees Qualitative formative research, mixed methods cohort Ongoing World Health Organization, International Rescue Committee, Innovations for Poverty Action Tanzania, Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University
Uganda Evaluation of a facilitated, group-based, guided self-help intervention with female South Sudanese refugees (Self Help Plus) (SH+) Mixed methods, feasibility and fully powered cluster randomized controlled trial Completed World Health Organisation, HealthRight International; Makerere University; Johns Hopkins University; Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London; University of New South Wales; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); University of Ottawa; University of Glasgow
Uganda Adaptation and evaluation of a facilitated, group-based, guided self-help intervention with male South Sudanese refugees (SH+) Qualitative adaptation, mixed methods feasibility and fully powered cluster randomized controlled trial Ongoing World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University, HealthRight International, Ministry of Health Uganda, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Uganda Evaluation of enhanced child-friendly-space (CFS) interventions for children affected by conflict and displacement Mixed methods, randomized controlled trial Ongoing World Vision and Columbia University
\