The Epidemiology of Armed Conflicts

PRIO Annual Peace Address with Debarati Guha-Sapir​

Time: Thursday, 01 November 2018 17:30-19:30, followed by a reception
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

The Epidemiology of Armed Conflicts

The 2018 PRIO Annual Peace Address will be given by Debarati Guha-Sapir. 

Debarati Guha-Sapir​
Debarati Guha-Sapir​
Photo: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

She is the Director of the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and a Professor at University of Louvain School of Public Health in Brussels, Belgium.

Prof. Guha-Sapir has published widely on topics related to public health in civil conflicts and natural disasters and influenced the thinking in this field for epidemiology. She has advocated for the importance of evidence in measuring the human impact of conflicts and has been instrumental in initiating some of the key evidence platforms on conflict and disasters today. 

Most recently she and colleagues put out a series of papers on the Syrian war and civilian deaths by war weapons. Currently she is working on modelling projected increase in measles deaths in Yemen among children and is exploring research among the Rohingyas refugees in Bangladesh. She is also engaged in European humanitarian issues and working different areas such as health impact of heatwaves in Europe and differential needs of refugees and asylum seekers. and among slum populations in different sites. Her focus for the future is to improve the use of data collected by humanitarian agencies on deaths, nutritional status and vaccination.

Prof. Guha- Sapir is member of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Belgium and was awarded the World Association of Emergency Medicine Peter Safar Award. She has given keynote speeches in various academic fora including the Norwegian Academy of Sciences. She is currently member of the Lancet Commission on Syria, whose report will be out early 2019.