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 and are a major contributor to global inequities.
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; changes in perceived legitimacies of state and non-state actors; 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.