About the Centre for Research on Healthcare in Disasters (KcKM)

Since 2002, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has funded a network of Emergency Medicine at Swedish Universities. The Department of Global Public Health at Karolinska Institutet is one node of this network. Centre for Research on Healthcare in Disasters is a project mainly financed by competitive research grants from Socialstyrelsen.

What we can provide

We accept assignments such as Needs Assessments of disasters, as well as evaluations of international humanitarian health relief. We can provide advice and analysis of health care response related topics that involve essential information for action following disasters.


We aim to:

  1. increase the capacity of the Swedish disaster response system by spreading knowledge and experience from global disasters, as well as acting as standby for field work and advicing Swedish authorities
  2. improve and strengthen both Swedish and international medical responses to major disasters, by creating and validating tools for needs assessments and evaluation
  3. create conditions for improved trauma triage by studying methods for development and use of clinical prediction models
  4. generate new knowledge on treatment of wound trauma
  5. better understand ethical challenges and moral stress of disasters on the mental health of responders.


We currently have four ongoing research projects, funded in 2019 by Socialstyrelsen. You can find more information on these projects at the bottom of this page.

The achievements of 2018 you can read about in our yearly report.


Team members


Anneli Eriksson

Project manager

Martin Gerdin Wärnberg

Postdoctoral researcher

Dell Saulnier

Affiliated to teaching/tutoring

Andreas Älgå

Affiliated to research