Publications & Reports

The historical development of public health responses to disaster.

Noji EK, Toole MJ
Chief International Emergency and Refugee Health Program, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA.


The first of a of series state-of-the-art reviews commissioned to mark Disasters' 21st anniversary, this paper considers key publications on public health aspects of natural disasters, refugee emergencies and complex humanitarian disasters over the past twenty-odd years.

The literature is reviewed and important signposts highlighted showing how the field has developed. This expanding body of epidemiological research has provided a basis for increasingly effective prevention and intervention strategies.


  • Journal: Disasters
  • Published: 01/12/1997
  • Volume: 21
  • Issue: 4
  • Pagination: 366-376