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Our global inequalities research revolutionises international disaster response

21 Nov 2017

Global challenges, Manchester solutions for global inequalities

Research Beacon Global Inequalities

Humanitarian responses to international disasters are invariably well-intentioned but can have unforeseen negative consequences. One doctor attending to the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims estimated that the vast majority of those coming in with crushing injuries underwent amputations, partly as a result of infections, many of which it is now believed could have been avoided. 

Our Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute is ideally placed to bring together the social sciences and medical sciences, in a space where researchers and NGOs can discuss relevant concerns and issues, to understand where research questions can impact on practice.

Working together, the UK International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR), a body to help UK health professionals deliver a coordinated medical response during rapid onset of overseas disasters, was created.

Here you can read more about how researchers in our research beacon focussing on global inequalities are rising to global challenges with Manchester solutions: