Quick Start Guide: Conflict Sensitivity & Public Health Emergencies

October 2020 | Sabina Carlson Robillard & Ruth Rhoads Allen

For public health, humanitarian, and peacebuilding practitioners looking for more practical tools to navigate the interconnected nature of the emergencies they work in and on, this guide will help you get started. It presents entry points and orientation for using the content of the full resource: Conflict Sensitivity & Public Health Emergencies (October 2020).


This initiative was inspired by and draws on the expertise of your global colleagues responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as past experiences of overlapping crises of conflict and public health. It speaks to speaks to the following key concepts:

  • Conflict, public health emergencies, and humanitarian crises are highly interconnected
  • Understanding identities and power dynamics helps minimize harm.
  • There are many obstacles to ‘doing no harm’.

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