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)

Our work



Human rights

By the numbers 

In 2022 we worked on 99 contracts, of which 51 were new



New contracts

Location of contract activities




Type of support and services provided

Policy support

Institutional assessment

Monitoring /evaluation

Formulation / appraisal

Study / survey


Short and long-term technical support

New partners and associates

Alice Behrendt


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


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.

Michèle Kosremelli Asmar


Michèle Kosremelli Asmar (PhD, MSc) is a qualitative research expert and Associate Professor at Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Marianne Eelens

Associate Partner

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.

Alejandra Martinez

Associate Partner

Alejandra Martinez Alfaro is an International Development consultant with more than nine years of experience in conducting research and evaluation assignments.

2022 Project highlights

Quality of Care Network review 

Quality of Care Network review 

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...

Study to examine Covid-19 vaccination in humanitarian settings 

Study to examine Covid-19 vaccination in humanitarian settings 

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...



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Right to health and development

For over 30 years hera has been committed to the right to health and development for all. Visit our website to learn more about our mission, vision and long-term commitments.

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