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A ‘Stocktake’ of CVA for Health Outcomes in the MENA Region Moving from Evidence to Practice

May 2021 — By Anna Gorter and Corinne Grainger

This report sets out the findings from a ‘stocktake’ or rapid operational research study of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) for health outcomes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Countries in this study are drawn from Cash Learning Partnership’s (the CALP Network) Tier 1 group of countries (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Syria, Turkey and Yemen) together with Egypt, given its role in hosting refugee populations in the MENA region, which is classified by the CALP Network as a Tier 2 country. A small number of interventions were also drawn from countries outside the MENA region where these provide interesting examples.

The study is part of a broader process of documenting and disseminating
learning on CVA programming for health and was commissioned by the CALP Network with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), in collaboration with UNICEF, UNHCR, WHO and the Norwegian Red
Cross. The results presented here will be used as part of efforts to foster more consistent consideration of CVA for health in Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) as a means of reducing financial and other
barriers to accessing essential health services.