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Given the high volume of trauma and likelihood of increased exposure to major disasters in South Asia, a plan for disaster response in the region must include the following: training for senior decision makers in government and for response agencies (police, fire, civil service, etc.) to help build a coherent and coordinated system-wide strategy for response; and preparing frontline responders to clinically and psychologically manage the complex patients and issues they face on a daily basis in emergency casualty areas and in EMS settings.

Faculty Directors: 

Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, HSPH; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

Satchit Balsari, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Cornell Weill Medical Center

Shawn D’Andrea, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Fellow; Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Stephanie Kayden, Director, Humanitarian Studies, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Emergency physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Usha PeriyanayagamInternational Emergency Medicine Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School