Past eventInvitation Only

The Collection and Dissemination of Health Information in Conflict Situations

13 December 2010 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Chatham House, London



Conflict can cause ill health and premature death, both directly through injury and indirectly through the breakdown of infrastructure and systems of government leading to failures in public health management and disease control, and difficulties of access to services due to insecurity. Health information that emerges from different conflict situations receives significantly varying degrees of dissemination, examination and follow-up. The importance of availability, impartial collation and dissemination is crucial.

The Centre on Global Health Security and the International Security Programme are jointly organizing this research event, the objective of which is to consider what mechanisms and actors exist in order to safeguard the status of health information in conflict. It will explore the challenges of obtaining data, and the accuracy and impartiality of the data collection process at different stages of conflict. Finally, the meeting will look into where the responsibility should sit for ensuring that health data and information in times of conflict is impartial, and is adequately processed, collated and disseminated. Participants will include senior representatives from concerned governments, civil society and academia.

The meeting is kindly supported by Medact and the Peace and Security Liaison Group.

This event is by invitation only and will be held under the Chatham House Rule.