2022 Year in review
A message from hera’s management
Future historians may consider 2022 as an important year, marking the end of one era and the beginning of another. While distress and conflicts persisted or arose in many countries (Yemen, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and others), a war returned to Europe including threats of nuclear strikes, and political polarization and tensions were aggravating in Latin America. Across the globe, humanitarian crises rose, with approximately 32 million refugees and, if internally displaced people are considered as well, this number raises to more than 100 million. A bright spot heading into 2023 is that the COVID-19 pandemic eased in many countries, and is becoming endemic. However, it has taken a huge toll in terms of human lives and chronic symptoms, something that is not quite over. It has also exposed structural problems of health systems and many systems are under enormous pressure often regardless of country’s income level.
Amid all this, hera has continued with great conviction and motivation in our work to uphold the right to health and development in line with our commitment to the ten principles of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact to human rights, labour, anti-corruption and the environment. We did this by engaging in many different assignments, both short-term and longer-term, on a wide range of interesting topics, for a diverse group of clients. Key highlights include the work in the context of COVID-19, where we supported the World Health Organization’s Global Health Cluster to fill knowledge and evidence gaps with regard to COVID-19 vaccination in humanitarian settings. We also successfully completed our 3-year Third Party Monitoring (TPM) work with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo and were able to relaunch similar TPM work in Kenya. Similarly, we completed an important assignment for UN Women, carrying out the Mid-Term Review of the Spotlight Initiative in 25 different countries and 6 regions.. We furthermore worked on the gendered effects of climate change in West Africa and carried out a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices study on maternal, neonatal, adolescent, sexual and reproductive health-seeking behaviour in Rwanda. Another important highlight is that hera, as consortium lead, secured another important contract as a Knowledge Hub to the European Commission to advance the European Union’s policy commitments and programming priorities specifically in the areas of health, social protection and reducing inequalities.
In 2022 we welcomed three new partners (two from Lebanon and one from Germany) and we can proudly say that hera is now a majority women-owned partnership. In 2022 we also welcomed two new associates from Aruba and Mexico. Each bringing new professional and cultural knowledge and expertise. A welcome enrichment for our organisation and work.
In 2022, we moved our office to a co-working space in Mechelen (Belgium), opting for a flexible and dynamic space for our employees, partners, associates and visitors. In 2022 we put a call out for artwork for some of our reports and received more than 500 applications. It was hard choice and we are delighted to share the work in 2023. In 2022 we gathered in Belgium in September for our annual Extraordinary General Assembly, enjoying three days of learning, connecting and deep discussion.
In 2022 we committed to fulfilling our social and environmental commitments in part by becoming a B-Corp member. We were also proud to present guidelines on mainstreaming gender equality in research and evaluation during the Seventh Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2022)in Bogota, Colombia.
Going forward into 2023 we intend to follow and engage in these important topics, including increasing our awareness of our position in the discussions around decolonization of global health, and development in general. We remain passionate, professional, rigorous, and focused on quality, in our mission to uphold the right to health and development for all and leave no one behind.
With warm regards, best wishes for 2023 and many thanks to our consultant, clients, organisations and everyone whom we collaborate and work with.
Leen Jille (CEO) and Marieke Devillé (Director)
By the numbers
In 2022 we worked on 99 contracts, of which 51 were new.
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New partners and associates
Alice Behrendt (MSc) is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in strategic planning, monitoring, evaluating and researching human rights-based programs. She is also an expert on gender.
Joumana Yeretzian (PhD, MSc) is an experienced biostatistician. She joins hera as a new partner and brings over 20 years of research experience in the health sector mostly in the fragile and emergency context of Lebanon.
Marianne Eelens (MSc.) joins hera as a new associate and brings over 10 years of experience in research, policymaking and programming in the field of public health, population and development.
2022 Project highlights
Evaluation of UNICEF Humanitarian Response to the 2021-2022 L2 Drought Crisis in the South of Madagascar
Evaluation of UNICEF humanitarian response to the 2021 2022 drought crisis in the south of Madagasca Since the end of 2020, Madagascar has been facing a major drought, resulting in a nutritional emergency and food insecurity, aggravated by a lack of access to drinking...
The Quality of Care (QoC) Network is a 5-year (2017-2023) collaborative initiative of WHO and UNICEF to strengthen institutions and processes for quality improvement in MNCH in 11 countries that joined in 2017 on the basis of a high level of commitment and engagement...
KAP Study on Maternal, Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking Behaviour, Utilization of Services and Evaluation of Gaps to Influence Health Outcomes in Seven Districts in Rwanda
KAP Study on Maternal, Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking Behaviour, Utilization of Services and Evaluation of Gaps to Influence Health Outcomes in Seven Districts in Rwanda The knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) study looked at maternal,...
Study to examine Covid-19 vaccination in humanitarian settings A hera team carried out a study in Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh), Colombia, DRC, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria, to better understand good practice as well as challenges faced on the equitable deployment and...
Mid-Term Evaluation of the Immunization and Health System Strengthening Program in Burundi The HSSIII, which is the subject of this evaluation, aims to improve equity in immunisation by emphasising performance-based financing (PBF) at the community level, and equity...
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Top tweets in 2022
Marking 100 years of Modern Medicine in Mongolia, the Medical University invited hera partner @wilbertb1 to present on hera's work and recommendations to the government over the years. A summary is available on page 25. https://t.co/n7fChnieLS pic.twitter.com/Em0fbNm6Zh— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) January 27, 2022
We condemn violence and send a message of solidarity with the people of #Ukraine. Similarly, our solidarity goes out to the people of #Syria, #Afghanistan, #Yemen, #Ethiopia and many other places facing dire situations. #EndWarNow #HumanRights— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) March 1, 2022
The latest #IPCC #ClimateReport is clear, we don't have much time left to secure a livable future. Our commitment to the @globalcompact is one way we are ensuring our work supports the collective #SDG goals. Visit our profile page to learn more. https://t.co/GJez25eFwR— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) March 3, 2022
On #InternationalWomensDay we join the call for women-led climate solutions as we work towards an equitable and enduring future for all. Read our post on gender mainstreaming for the Seed Knowledge Initiative https://t.co/BtiOfxtpzQ w/ @jusdjensen @JilleTraas @MimMedina #IWD2022 pic.twitter.com/bL9nXgaznH— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) March 8, 2022
#WorldHealthDay Our planet, our health. At hera we work hard to ensure that environmental protection is understood as a determinant and protector of health and wellbeing. https://t.co/IyqJv8hj67 #HealthierTomorrow #HealthForAll pic.twitter.com/mTy0TUwOyz— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) April 7, 2022
Our report to UNICEF on the situation of adolescents in Ghana was published earlier this year. The report reflects the increasing recognition of the importance of comprehensive information about the situation of adolescents for national development policy. https://t.co/EKUeooEJSn— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) April 14, 2022
Recently hera partner @MimMedina hosted a call updating our colleagues on the situation of political prisoners in #Nicaragua. 182 political prisoners currently face appalling conditions. Many face imminent danger to their lives. We stand up for #humanrights.— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) May 31, 2022
Sending out big congratulations to @heraBelgium associate Calvin Tonga (@tofocal) for the successful defence of his @ITMantwerp Masters in #publichealth thesis on #healthsystem strengthening and for winning the thesis prize. pic.twitter.com/BBzriSxGz8— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) July 18, 2022
Help us find our new look. hera is looking to engage artists to make #art for our publications. Please share this international #artcall #rfp.— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) July 25, 2022
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Deadline: Sept 15, 2022 pic.twitter.com/fz05Lf6L0k
New publication: @noradno Country Evaluation Brief on the DRC. A synthesis of recent country evaluations and reviews, providing an update and assessment of international development assistance in the DRC. By Marianne Eelens, Joar Svanemyr and @jille_leen https://t.co/lEipqInjfa pic.twitter.com/485GS7Rv9O— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) September 9, 2022
We are delighted to join the @RAWGraphs community. The presentation by @giorgiouboldi at our assembly yesterday was insightful and appreciated. Looking forward to all the discussions and #DataVisualization that will come from using this powerful #opensource tool. https://t.co/9f3e3Gt73y— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) September 29, 2022
Our 2022 Extraordinary General Assembly just wrapped up. Three amazing days of learning, connecting and deep discussion. So much gratitude to our collective, to our guest speakers and to all those that made it happen. pic.twitter.com/piheqH45sW— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) October 1, 2022
Despite widespread awareness, gender equality is not always a consideration in health systems research and evaluation. Join our #HSR2022 workshop on mainstreaming gender equality in evaluations and research. 31 Oct -1 pm(COT) https://t.co/4W4c5tbAlq @H_S_Global @marieke_deville pic.twitter.com/HkpKt1Lrm3— hera - right to health and development (@heraBelgium) October 31, 2022
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