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.
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COVID-19 courses for care providers and medical personnel
Two online training course produced by researchers at KcKM, at the request of the National Board of Health and Welfare, are available. The first course is for all care providers regardless of profession, including those working in elderly care homes, home care, medical centres and hospitals. It describes the disease and how staff can best protect themselves, their patients and their facility from infection.
The other course is primarily for people working with patients, such as doctors, nurses and assistant nurses and focuses on how to put on and take off protective equipment and what to think about when caring for patients with COVID-19.
“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.