Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters

Our aim is to contribute to a strengthened and improved Swedish and global health response to major disasters. 

Natural disasters are increasing worldwide, affecting over 215 million people per year on average. Low-income countries are more often affected, are more vulnerable to hazards, and resource scarcity limits the capacity to prepare and respond.

International humanitarian assistance has increased dramatically during the last 30 years and more money is available for relief. However, a large proportion of assistance is still based on charity, rather than professionalism. There is limited evidence that critically explores the role of health care in disasters and defines the type of needs that dominate and how to respond to those needs.

We are convinced that our attempt to answer the above will contribut to improving the quality of health care relief following disaters.


Dr. Andreas Älgå, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research on Healthcare in Disasters, has received the 2016 Trauma scholarship from the Swedish Trauma Association for his PhD research project, "Surgical management of blast and gunshot wounds", a randomized controlled study where he assesses the value of using vacuum-assisted treatment therapy for war wounds in a Jordanian hospita. His peers are delighted and proud!

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