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.

We are a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Health Care and Public Health in Disasters.


Read our recent letter of correspondance in the Lancet on attacks on healthcare workers.

The Centre made the news at Karolinska Institutet recently for our designation as a WHO collaborating center. You can read the story here [in Swedish]. 

Centre Director Johan von Schreeb recently spent two weeks in Iraq for the WHO coordinating the health response around Mosul. You can read a short interview about his experience here [in Swedish]. 

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