The worst outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in 7 years is still taking its toll in the West African nations. Australian medical epidemiologist Dr Kamalini Lokuge has been working with the families of those infected. Kamalini says 'We are very lucky here in Australia, every time I return back from an outbreak I think we have everything here and part of acknowledging how lucky we are, for me is to assist those who don't have as much.'
Guided by the expertise of mothers, children, health workers, teachers, the many who on a daily basis live the most challenging problems, in partnership with leading humanitarian practitioners and researchers, our goal is to develop practice-driven, evidence-based solutions to the world's most complex humanitarian crises.
The Humanitarian Program focuses on conducting implementation research in complex settings to:
- Build and utilise evidence to strengthen programs in complex crises
- Mobilise policy and economic support for programs in complex crises
- Build sustainable capacity for program evaluation in complex crises
The Humanitarian Program needs funds to aid Dr Kamalini Lokuge to work with vulnerable communities and deliver much needed services on the ground. This work is on the the ground in places such as Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. We need your help wherever we are so we can continue to link the lessons learnt in the field to traditional research activities to inform an evidence base and achieve better outcomes for those living in vulnerable circumstances.
The Humanitarian Program has three major thematic areas: Populations in Crisis, Humanitarian Monitoring and Evaluation & the Humanitarian Training Initiative
Populations in Crisis
Implementation research projects to humanitarian crises are currently being conducted in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Guinea and Papua New Guinea. Specifically the response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa and operational research into health services for gender-based violence.
Humanitarian Monitoring and Evaluation
Current projects include monitoring and evaluating support services for survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea. Evaluating interventions for improving access to effective emergency obstetric care in Sierra Leone; Quantitative evaluation of Indigenous health programs; and developing methods and capacity for monitoring and evaluation of health programs in complex settings.
Humanitarian Training Initiative
The initiative is to train the next generation of humanitarian responders and leaders.