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”.
Building on the work and networks developed within the framework of its ” Health and Epidemics ” strategic axis in Europe, Africa and the overseas territories, the Foundation concentrates its resources at the crossroads between the social science research priorities set out by the WHO and the day-to-day concerns of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s volunteers and employees involved in the response.
The Foundation is developing its 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. It takes 3 forms:
- launching of weekly post-doc calls for applications
- follow-up of individual research in relation to the operational needs
- development of research projects in collaboration with the research institutes and laboratories and associations concerned.
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)