Program on Infectious Disease and Humanitarian Emergencies

Disease outbreaks and epidemics during humanitarian emergencies superimpose a substantial burden on already vulnerable and fragile populations. Displacement of populations, overcrowding, limited access to clean water, disruption of sanitation facilities, and limited access to basic healthcare increase the spread of disease and outbreaks. The Program on Infectious Diseases and Humanitarian Emergencies aims to reduce the impact of infectious diseases in crises by: Defining and supporting best practices in the humanitarian community; conducting operational research and scholarship to inform humanitarian action; convening national and international stakeholders to define research priorities and share best practice; collaborating with NGOs, UN agencies, ministries of health, and academia; and educating the next generation of humanitarian actors have the skills and knowledge to prevent, detect, and control epidemics.