Welcome to the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Humanitarian crises due to armed conflict, natural disasters, disease outbreaks and other hazards are a major and growing
contributor to ill-health and vulnerability worldwide. The persisting effects of crises on health and health systems can undermine decades of social development.
Humanitarian crises also present a number of distinct challenges for public health intervention and research. These include: violence and insecurity; mass population displacement; severely deteriorated daily living conditions and impoverishment; the sudden and widespread disruption of health services and the broader health system, including of health surveillance; and reduced domestic availability of human, financial and technical resources alongside increased need to coordinate aid from outside.
Despite these challenges, many staff and students from across the School are actively engaged in public health research in crisis-affected contexts.
Humanitarian Evidence Week
HEW2017 is an initiative led by Evidence Aid, in collaboration with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine to promote a more evidence-based approach together with over twenty organisations. During the HEW these organisations including LSHTM will provide webinars, blogs and participate in debates to highlight topics related to generation, use and dissemination of evidence in the humanitarian sector. See LSHTM Debate.See LSHTM Event
Free online course on Health in Humanitarian Crises
The School’s Health in Humanitarian Crises free online course has now come to an end, with more than 15,000 learners and over 190 countries and territories represented worldwide. We extend our thanks to all of our contributors from the School and international organisations across the world, as this could not have been achieved without their valuable time, expertise, and personal insightsMore information