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Responding to disasters

Disasters of all kinds – from earthquakes to civil wars – can occur anywhere in the world. Yet it is often the poorest communities who are most vulnerable to their devastating effects.

The University of Manchester has become the UK’s leading specialist in life-saving humanitarian assistance. Through our pioneering work at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), we are blazing a trail, providing effective, evidence-based help in times of crisis and training others to do the same.

In fact, when disaster strikes, the UK government turns to us to plan and coordinate emergency response teams. Working with colleagues across the University and partners around the world, the HCRI pioneers new and better ways of ensuring a quick and effective response to disaster.

Our academics are regularly on the frontline, and have provided assistance at nearly every major earthquake for the past 30 years. What’s more, we lead in the effort to understand the causes of conflict, and how to improve the chances of building peace.

Our expertise in both theory and practice allows us to train NGOs to improve their methods of responding to disaster. We even co-ordinated the global response to Ebola, where our team put their own health at risk to ensure that people suffering with the disease received the best possible care.

We are capable of so much more. But we need your help. By supporting our world-leading efforts, you can help us respond faster and more effectively, whenever disaster strikes.