Bayard Roberts is the Director of ECOHOST – The Centre for Health and Social Change. His research addresses the health determinants, policies and systems of countries in transition such as conflict-affected and fragile states or those in the former Soviet Union. This research has focused particularly on mental health, other non-communicable diseases, and harmful health behaviours – particularly tobacco and harmful alcohol use. Prior to joining LSHTM he was involved in supporting reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programmes in Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Uganda amongst others.
What overall approach should be taken in responding to health needs in a humanitarian crisis? Humanitarian health responses require both coverage and effectiveness in order to achieve the overall goal of reducing mortality and morbidity. Key criteria to maximise coverage and effectiveness include feasibility, timeliness, maximum opportunity benefit and minimum opportunity cost, and cost-effectiveness. The… Read more