Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters (KcKM)
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. Our aim is to contribute to a strengthened and improved Swedish and global health response to major disasters.
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 contribute to improving 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.