Measuring Urban Capacity for Humanitarian Crisis: Piloting an Urban Health Response

Grant awarded: £498, 491

Lead organisation: Johns Hopkins University

Partnering organisations: ICRC, Switzerland; APPNA Public Health Institute, Pakistan; ICRC, Pakistan; Medical School Hospital HEU, Honduras, University of Port Harcourt

Project length: 2017 - 2019

Study locations: Pakistan, Honduras, Nigeria

Principal Investigator: Junaid Razzak

Urban areas are at high risk of humanitarian crises. No tool currently exists to help urban leaders predict their city’s performance and compare it to others. The project aims to develop a tool to objectively measure and score the life saving capability of urban health systems in the aftermath of a mass casualty event. The reliability and validity of the tool – City Emergency Health Response Capability Assessment tool (CERC) – will be tested and compared with a full disaster drill in three high risk cities in low-middle income countries (Pakistan, Honduras and Nigeria). The research will assess policy relevance of CERC score to urban policy makers.

More information coming soon.

Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).

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