Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters (KcKM)

Natural disasters are increasing worldwide, affecting over 215 million people on average yearly. Low-income countries have an increased risk of being affected since they are vulnerable to hazards. And the capacity to both prepare and to respond to natural disasters are limited by resource scarcity. Our aim is to contribute to strengthening and improving both Swedish and global health response in the event of major disasters.

International humanitarian assistance has increased dramatically over the past 30 years and more money is available for aid. However, a large proportion of assistance is still based on charity, rather than professional aid. Moreover, there is limited evidence that explores critically the role of healthcare in case of disasters, and which defines the type of needs that dominate and how to respond to them.

We are convinced that our attempt to respond to the above will contribute to the improvement of the quality of health care relief following disasters. We are a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Health Care and Public Health in Disasters.




“Moral Distress among Disaster Responders: What is it?”. Martina E. Gustavsson, Filip K. Arnberg, Niklas Juth, Johan von Schreeb. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, online 28 January 2020, doi: 10.1017/S1049023X20000096.