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The Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre brings together researchers across the School to focus on improving the health of populations affected by humanitarian crises through quality research, teaching, consultancy, training and dissemination of objective, evidence-based information.

Welcome to the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


RF221288_Medium_res_Social_Media1Humanitarian 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.

How can we improve the public health response in humanitarian crises?

Adequate, high quality, evidence is lacking to inform humanitarian response teams to ensure they deliver effective interventions. This gap was identified through a 2015 evidence review of research on health interventions in humanitarian crises, authored by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and commissioned by ELHRA’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises Programme (R2HC).

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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 insights

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