Policy & Expert Advice from the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters

Collectively at the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters we have more than fifty years of experience in the field of disaster medicine and global health. We dedicate our time and experience to education, research and field work in disaster operations, but we are also well-placed to offer expert advice on the subject and advice on policy-making and in decision-making processes.

Expert advice and policy guidance

The team at the Centre for Research in Health Care in Disasters are always open to assignments and collaborations in which our expertise in disaster medicine and global health may serve to further policy-making and policy-implementation in the field. Such collaborations may include: evaluations, expert mission reports, expert advice in policy-making and much more. We are happy to collaborate with Swedish as well as international entities, in both the public, private and aid sector. 

Examples of advice and policy guidance

Members of the team at the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters have worked, and continues to do so, in advisory and expert roles with the WHO, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and on committees appointed by the Swedish government.

Examples of such roles include the head of the centre Johan von Schreeb, who in 2020 was asked by the WHO to coordinate international assistance to Beirut, following the explosion in the city's harbour district. His role was then further expanded to also include assistance in coordinating aspects of Lebanon's response the the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Another example of when our expertise proved useful for assisting policy evaluation is that Anneli Eriksson, project manager at the centre, have worked as evaluation secretary in the Swedish Coronakommissionen, a commission appointed by the Swedish government in June 2020, to evaluate the efforts the country made in limiting the spread of COVID-19. In this role, Anneli Eriksson was able to draw on her experience of field work in global disaster areas, as well as her PhD work on estimating needs in disasters.   

Several members of our team have also featured in the media and public debate regarding disaster medicine, global health and disaster awareness in both Sweden and abroad. 

Johan von Schreeb

Professor in Global Disaster Medicine

For more information regarding our role in policy advise, please contact the head of the centre Professor Johan von Screeb