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.


Centre Director Johan von Schreeb appeared on Sveriges Radio in October to discuss the emergency situation in Aleppo, Syria and what can be done. Listen here [in Swedish].

He also appeared on Swedish TV4's news program to discuss how to respond to disasters when the occur. Watch the clip here [in Swedish]. 

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