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Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters

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.

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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 disaters. We are a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Health Care and Public Health in Disasters.