Project details

Evidence based policy for post crisis
Stability: bridging the gap
SEC-2013.4.3-1 SEC-2013.4.3-1
Start date:
36 months

Project funding

This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under the grant agreement 607960

Bridging the gap

Natural disasters and civil conflict are the most common causes of acute crises around the world. Earthquakes, floods, droughts, protracted civil violence bring with them not only immediate death, injuries and losses of livelihoods but they bring about serious knock on effects such as migration, famines, chronic instability, small arms proliferation and unemployment. All of these are both underpinned and aggravated by the lack of basic social services such as health and education, pushing the communities further down the spiral of hopelessness.

Live Articles

Conflict, disaster, and health security

The Lancet has published a special issue on global health security which explores different perspectives on the wider lessons that can be drawn from the recent Ebola outbreak, including how it has demonstrated the importance of securing individuals’ access to health care as part of the pursuit of global health security.
The review includes a series of essays one of which, Conflict, disaster and health security addresses the threats to individual and population health arising from violent conflict and natural disasters. The essay was prepared by Simon Rushton, Louis Lillywhite and Bhimsen Devkota as part of the CAERUS project. Perhaps unsurprisingly, as the CAERUS is intended to inform EC and wider global security policy, the main message from this essay and included as one of the Lancet's key messages is that the setting of priorities and allocation of resources to mitigate the effect of, and recovery after, conflict and natural disaster is a quintessentially political challenge, not merely a technical one. Both individual and collective health security are intimately tied up with successfully meeting this challenge.