Université catholique de Louvain. Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters.

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The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the School of Public Health
of Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) has been active for over 40 years in the fields of international disaster and conflict health studies, with activities linking relief, rehabilitation and development. CRED promotes research, training and technical expertise on humanitarian emergencies, particularly in public health and epidemiology and seeks to improve needs-based preparedness and responses to humanitarian emergencies. Two relevant CRED initiatives are the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) an  international disaster database developed in 1988 to rationalise decision making for disaster preparedness and providing an objective base for vulnerability assessment and priority setting (EM-DAT contains essential core data on the occurrence and effects of over 18,000 mass disasters all over the world, running from 1900 to the present), and (2) the Complex Emergency database (CE-DAT) created in 2003 as an international initiative to monitor and evaluate the health status of populations affected by complex emergencies.

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