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


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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.

On the move: the race to keep forced migrants healthy

by Meera Senthilingam | Dec 2015
The scene is unlike any other. Thousands of people. Millions in total. All of them on the move. The people? Forced migrants, who move across the unknown in search of solace as they flee the only place they call home. Some are wounded, others ill and many traumatised, but they will not let this stop them from seeking refuge elsewhere as they make this journey towards a safer, better life.

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An Evidence Review of Research on Health Interventions in Humanitarian Crises

Published by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Overseas Development Institute.

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