Disaster Epidemiology 灾害流行病学

Disaster Epidemiology 灾害流行病学

1. Urban disaster and mitigation

As global temperatures continue to rise and a higher number of meteorological disasters are recorded each year, climate change is recognized as one of the major causes of disaster that affects both developing and developed countries. Although numerous studies have demonstrated the adverse impacts of climate change on human health, only limited studies have been published about the effects of climate change on health, risk perception, and behavior in urban communities. Hong Kong, an international Asian city, is notable for having one of the highest living density, income disparity, and most dramatic elevation in ambient air temperature recorded in the past century.

This project aims to achieve six objectives:

  • To produce scientific evidence on the health impact of climate change;
  • To develop statistical models for studying climate change and health outcomes;
  • To inform the academic community about the negative health consequences related to climate change through the lens of public health;
  • To guide policy-makers in the context of resource allocation, protocols development, and legislative advancement; and
    向政策制定者在资源分配、蓝本制定及法例改良方 面提出指引;以及
  • To identify populations vulnerable to the negative health consequences of climate change
  • To generate key areas of investigation for future studies regarding climate change and health.

Project Duration 项目实施时间

Since 2007

Funding 资金来源

This project is supported by School of Public Health & Primary Care Development Fund (2007), HHSRF (2010), and The Li Ka Shing Global Health Research Fund (2007, 2010, 2011-2013). It is continuously supported by the Climate Change and Health Study Group at the School of Public Health and Primary Care of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


2. Hainan 2010 flood case study

Hainan Island is the smallest province in China. It is also the only part of China that is situated within the tropical zone. Due to monsoons and a tropical ecosystem, Hainan is vulnerable to climate-related disasters such as typhoons and floods. In October 2010, Hainan Province experienced severe flooding followed by heavy rainfall. Since no scientific literature has been published about this devastating disaster, this project aims to obtain a better quantitative and qualitative understanding of the health impacts stemming from this particular incident.

This project aims to achieve three objectives:

  • To investigate the impact of how the 2010 flood in Hainan Island affected the physical and psychological health of the local population;
  • To explore the association between the multidimensional poverty index (MPI) and self-perceived disaster preparedness.
    探讨多维贫穷指数(MPI )跟自觉灾害防备的关系。
  • To identify the behavioral changes resulting from exposure to the disaster; and

Project Duration 项目实施时间

2 Years (2011-2012)
两年 (2011-2012)

Funding 资金来源

This project is supported by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Global Health and Disaster Studies Research Development Fund, the School of Public Health and Primary Care, Public Health Humanitarian Initiatives, the Project Vision Charitable Foundation, and the CUHK Public Health Development Fund.

此项目由香港中文大学全球卫生和灾害学研究发展基金、公共卫生及基层医疗学院人道支持计划、亮睛工程慈善基金以及 香港中文大学公共卫生硕士发展基金慷慨支持。

3. Study of human health impacts of flood disasters in China

Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters in China. Historical records have shown its devastating impact on the Chinese population. According to the EM-DAT database at the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, China experienced 99 floods between 2000 and 2009, resulting in many reported fatalities and millions of economic losses. In China, the burden of flooding is not limited to casualties, infrastructure damage, and economic loss. Climate-change disasters may have indirect long-term effects on the population’s health risk profiles, economic growth, and social development, as well as on the resilience of the natural environment in which that population lives. This project aims to use epidemiological methods to measure the human health impacts of floods in China.


This project aims to achieve five objectives:

  • To review existing literatures related to the human health consequences of flooding in China;
  • To develop a profile of disaster risk literacy; and
  • To identify knowledge gaps relevant to public health response in recent flood-related disasters;
  • To identify socio-demographic factors that make certain populations more prone to the negative effects of flooding.
  • To map flood incidents and their consequences in China;

The understanding of the health consequences of flooding in China and their associated factors will be useful in the development and evaluation of health interventions in disaster preparedness program, and in strengthening disaster preparedness and mitigation response among the Chinese population.


Project Duration 项目实施时间

4 Years (2012-2015)
四年 (2012-2015)

Funding 资金来源

This project is supported by the CCOUC seed grant and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disaster, a WHO collaborator in Brussels.

此计划由香港中文大学CCOU 灾害与人道救援研究所种子基金及世界卫生组织位于布鲁塞尔的灾难流行病学研究中心慷慨支持。