Countries and their health and social protection systems are challenged by natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones, and floods. In order to improve natural disaster risk management for preparedness, response and recovery, scientific evidence is critical. Research and knowledge management on health emergencies resulting from natural disaster contributes to public health responses at regional, national and local levels.
What is our focus?
The WHO Kobe Centre currently focuses its public health research efforts on the following:
Psycho-social impact on survivors and victims of natural disasters
Psycho-social impact on survivors and victims of natural disasters is an important focus of disaster risk management for health, especially in terms of long-term outcome of affected people. WKC, in collaboration with leading experts in disaster research, is identifying knowledge gaps and required actions for better risk management for mental health.
Innovative health data management after disasters
Innovative health data management after disasters is required for an optimal emergency response by local and national public health authorities. WKC is partnering with international researchers to evaluate the impact of a newly developed standardized data collection method after disaster for future policy applications.
Integration of vulnerable populations into disaster risk management
Why is this important?
These research activities help countries and local health systems to strengthen their capacities in emergency risk management and will ultimately contribute to enhanced community resilience.