Theme - Health emergencies

Working with national and international policy makers, technical partners and tightly integrated into global alert and response networks, we will develop analytical tools to respond to the complex health needs of populations in emergency situations resulting from infectious disease outbreaks, population displacements, climate change, natural disasters or conflict.

Specific objectives of our research on health emergencies are:

  • Informing strategies to contain the spread of infectious diseases with real-time analysis and intervention modelling during an outbreak; 
  • Identifying high-impact interventions against infectious and non-communicable diseases in displaced and refugee populations;
  • Strengthening on-the-ground data collection and analytical capacity – through long-term capacity building and by placing staff in country or at international agencies during periods of heightened crisis.
  • Characterising the factors (environment, conflict, poverty, health access) determining the vulnerability of populations to health emergencies.