Natural Disasters and Health

Natural disasters are unforeseen incidents, and preparedness – being organized for any possible disaster – is crucial. Natural disasters can create irreversible damage and can pose serious threats to human life and public health.

The M8 Alliance works to provide support in order to help save lives, and rehabilitate the survivors after disasters. During the annual World Health Summit or in Expert Meetings, experts from different countries gather to discuss the problems of individuals , and to establish a common understanding and a global approach to the public health challenges related to natural disasters worldwide.


Expert Meetings


2018 | Istanbul

M8 Alliance Expert Meeting on Natural Disasters and Health Problems
June 29-30, 2018, Istanbul

Speakers included:

Professor Dr. Chang-Chuan Chan, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Professor Dr. Ali Jafarian, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Professor Dr. Mustafa Oral Öncül, Istanbul University, Turkey
PD Dr. Joachim Seybold, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Professor Dr. Malcolm Sim, Monash University, Australia

Short report:

On June 29, 2018, more than 40 experts convened for the M8 Alliance Natural Disasters and Health Problems Expert Meeting at Istanbul University. The experts discussed the principles of disaster response and expressed their concerns that many countries around the globe seem to be insufficiently prepared to cope with disasters.

Oral Öncül, Vice Dean of the Istanbul Faculty of Medicine and Chair of the meeting said: “Natural disasters are unforeseen incidents, and preparedness – being organized for any possible disaster – is crucial. Natural disasters can create irreversible damage and can pose serious threats to human life and public health. Our aim should be to help save lives, and rehabilitate the survivors after disasters. Logistics and the collaboration of health professionals with national and international NGOs is important. There are lessons to be learned from disasters for each country. The gathering of experts from different countries allowed to discuss the problems of individuals worldwide, and gave the chance of establishing a common understanding and a global approach to the problems.”

Program and further information about the meeting >


World Health Summit