Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters
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This newsletter travels back in time to explore the early days of CRED and the birth of its flagship project, the EM-DAT international disaster database.
In 1973, CRED was born as a non-profit institution affiliated with the UCLouvain School of Public Health. Prof. Michel Lechat managed CRED until his retirement in 1992, at which point Dr. Debarati Guha-Sapir assumed the position. Together, Guha-Sapir and Lechat began developing a global view of disasters and beyond local case studies. They looked at the human impact of disaster using sparse global disaster loss data compiled by OFDA/USAID and other stakeholders. In 1981, Lechat announced a new collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), that would lead to the creation of the EM-DAT database.