Emergency Health Systems

Founded: 2019
Faculty Lead: Sean Kivlehan, MD, MPH
Status: Active Program
Regions of Focus: Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Ukraine, Pakistan, Haiti, Turkey
Research Theme: Risk, Resilience and Response


Strong emergency care systems improve the effectiveness of humanitarian action. An effective humanitarian response must include strengthening of emergency care systems to build resilience. The HHI Emergency Health Systems program works to bridge the gap between system development and humanitarian response and improve the quality and access of emergency care for those who need it most.

This mission is achieved through intertwined research, education, and advocacy efforts. By evaluating, implementing, and disseminating normative emergency care guidance, the Emergency Health Systems program aligns humanitarian response with the Sustainable Development Goals to increase the capacity of front-line providers and improve emergency care delivery processes and outcomes.


WHO Global Health Cluster

Represent HHI at the Global Health Cluster and participate in cluster projects, most recently including the COVID-19 Technical Task Force and the Capacity Development Consultation Group.

WHO Emergency Care Toolkit

Support the dissemination and evaluation of the WHO-ICRC Basic Emergency Care course and associated products.

Academic-NGO Consortium

Work closely with several NGOs to provide emergency care and COVID guidance for field operations and support a roster of emergency physicians available for field deployment.

Fellowship in Global Emergency Medicine

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine supports two fellows who participate in development, disaster response, and displaced populations work.

Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review

A team of 24 reviewers and editors from around the world who conduct an annual review of literature focused on humanitarian and emergency care as well as an annual systematic review.

Global Emergency Care Organization Collaboration

Active participation in organizations support the advancement of emergency care and humanitarian action around the world.

Academic Consortium for Emergency Systems

A research network spanning several institutions in the US focused on implementing and evaluating emergency care interventions globally.


The Emergency Health Systems program strives to apply rigorous methods to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of emergency care interventions in humanitarian and limited resourced settings. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are used as part of our program’s implementation science efforts. Systematic and descriptive reviews of the literature describing interventions of interest are performed to better understand the available evidence.


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Noah Rossen

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Intern

Noah Carton-Rossen supports the Emergency Health Systems’s Ukraine Trauma Care Response project. As the Monitoring,...

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The Emergency Health Systems Team includes the following members based at Brigham and Womens Hospital.