Social Sciences for Community Engagement in Humanitarian Action: Capacity needs assessment and mapping of social science training for community engagement in humanitarian action in conflict and hazards

This report describes the findings of an assessment of needs, gaps and capacity resources for integrating the social sciences for community engagement (CE) in humanitarian action (HA) and programming, including a derived competency framework for SS4CE. These activities were conducted by Sonar-Global’s partner, the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) with support from Institut Pasteur, for the Social Sciences for Community Engagement in Humanitarian Action (SS4CE in HA) project led by UNICEF, with funding from the U.S. Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance.

Social Sciences for Community Engagement in Humanitarian Action: Mapping Review on Ethics and Data Sharing

Social Science for Community Engagement in Humanitarian Action Project (SS4CE in HA) is an initiative launched at the end of 2020, funded by the Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs, USAID. The main objectives focus on co-creation of global goods, designed as a collaborative approach that connects with global humanitarian and public health system-wide existing mechanisms that harness active participation of humanitarian organizations, academic institutions and donors.

Tracking migration and health inequities

Over 281 million people around the world are counted as international migrants. Many migrants are forcibly displaced – with 36.4 million refugees and 6.1 million asylum-seekers by mid-2023. Furthermore, there were 62.5 million internally displaced people at the end of 2022. While many of these migrants are healthy, many, in particular refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people, are at risk of poor health outcomes and often experience health-related inequities, facing little or no access to health care.

Understanding the challenges and gaps in community engagement interventions for COVID-19 prevention strategies in Rohingya refugees: a qualitative study with frontline workers and community representatives

Background: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are vulnerable to infectious diseases such as COVID-19 due to the crowded living conditions with fragile shelters, and limited water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and practices. While risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) is the cornerstone of outbreak control, there is limited evidence available on the effectiveness of the RCCE strategies in this setting.

COVID-19 preventive measures in Rohingya refugee camps: An assessment of knowledge, attitude and practice

Background
Although many studies were conducted on COVID-19 knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) among the general population in many countries, very little is known about refugees, particularly Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar. A vast array of risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) interventions were implemented in Cox’s Bazar with the intent of reducing disease transmission by empowering the community to adopt public health measures.

Climate Change Impacts on Health affecting Development and Human Mobility

IOM, as the UN Migration Agency, has an imperative to act on the triple nexus of health, climate change, and mobility: Its Institutional Strategy on Migration, Environment and Climate Change 2021–2030 outlines a comprehensive, evidence and rights-based approach to migration in the context of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters, for the benefit of migrants and societies.

Migration Health Research Bulletin, Issue No. 27

The issue of the Bulletin features publications on migration, zoonoses, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, mental health, among others.

The audio podcast episode discusses the importance of the inclusion of migrants into policies and actions towards zoonotic disease prevention and control as well as outlines guidance on the integration of migration into health interventions.

Venezuelan migrants living in Peru: The need for better access to care and data for those with HIV/AIDS

This commentary discusses the project that will explore the impact of sexual behavior, HIV status, and treatment access of Venezuelan migrants in Peru. Using respondent-driven sampling, a network-driven probabilistic method, the biobehavioral survey (BBS) will be implemented in Lima and Trujillo in Peru. The biological and behavioral data collected will help government programs and NGOs improve access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services in Peru and could serve as a model for other countries in the region housing Venezuelan migrants.