The health crisis caused by the Covid-19 outbreak is now global, unprecedented in its scale and the speed of its impact on both people and societies. The French Red Cross Foundation has been involved from the very beginning with the academic sector and the applied research community, in order to meet the immense challenges facing those on the front line of the response, particularly those involved in social and humanitarian action, and to better prepare “the post-Covid world”.
The Foundation has developped a Covid-19 emergency reseach plan to provide operational recommendations resulting from the analysis of social phenomena related to: health measures of lockdown and quarantine, vulnerabilities, new forms or disruptions of voluntary activities, etc.
Following in particular the recommendations of the WHO and the GloPID-R network, encouraging research in the human and social sciences on relevant, acceptable and feasible approaches to support the physical health and psychosocial needs of people involved in the response to the epidemic, the Foundation has mobilised to support 7 new research projects on volunteer action at the front line of the response to the current health crisis.
The Red Cross Movement’s response
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is on the front line in all the countries concerned. As auxiliaries to the public authorities, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies work alongside and support their States in the health response.
International scientific priorities
At the international level, research actors have mobilised to determine the strategic axes to be explored in order to support the response to this outbreak. WHO has adopted a roadmap to assess the current level of knowledge about the new virus and agree on priority research issues.
AXA Research Fund
Mines ParisTech Foundation
Maurice Halbwachs Centre (CMH)
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)