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A Review of Activities

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The booklet summarising CCOUC's activities from 2015 to 2017 is now available for downloading.

Co-designing Disaster Risk Reduction Solutions


This publication consists of 40 diverse case studies regarding multi-stakeholder and participatory approaches in DRR, with particular focus on the science, technology and academia contributions.

Health and disaster preparedness in rural China: Advanced training manual


This publication provides trainers for volunteers and organisers of rural projects with advanced practical guidelines for implementation of health and disaster preparedness programmes.

Training Manual on Health and Disaster Preparedness in Rural China

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This publication provides volunteers and organisers of rural projects with practical guidelines for implementation of health and disaster preparedness programmes.

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2nd Asia Pacific Disaster Mental Health Network Meeting

Posted 22/07/2020

CCOUC Director Prof Emily Chan attended the 2nd meeting of the Asia Pacific Disaster Mental Health Network on 8 Jul 2020 via Zoom. In the meeting, there was discussion on the priority list and five ...

WHO Global Research and Innovation Forum on COVID-19

WHO Global Research and Innovation Forum on COVID-19

Posted 22/07/2020

Prof Emily Chan, Mr C S Wong and Mr Zhe Huang of CCOUC team have been invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness ...

Asia Pacific Disaster Mental Health Network Meeting

Posted 19/06/2020

CCOUC Director Prof Emily Chan attended the 1st meeting of the newly established Asia Pacific Disaster Mental Health Network on 17 June 2020 via Zoom. The meeting was attended by 14 members of the ...

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CCOUC Field Trainees Recruitment

Posted 11/06/2020

(Last updated on 10 June 2020) The recruitment for field trainees of CCOUC field-training programme in October 2020 is now open. We are now looking for passionate, energetic students to participate ...

Health Intervention Trip to Xiuxi Village in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province

Health Intervention Trip to Xiuxi Village in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province

Posted 28/08/2019

Around 50 trainers and trainees participated in CCOUC’s training regarding public health, disaster preparedness and mitigation from 21 to 25 June 2019. The team travelled to Xiuxi Village, Puxi ...


Factors Associated with Urban Risk-Taking Behaviour during 2018 Typhoon Mangkhut: A Cross Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020. doi:

Informal home care providers: the forgotten health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet. 2020. doi:

Sociodemographic Predictors of Health Risk Perception, Attitude and Behavior Practices Associated with Health-Emergency Disaster Risk Management for Biological Hazards: The Case of COVID-19 Pandemic in Hong Kong, SAR China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020; 17:3869.

A review on implications of home care in a biological hazard: The case of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 (Health-Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM) Technical Brief Series #202001). Hong Kong: CCOUC; 20120 May 27, 31 p.

Prevalence and associated factors for carriage of Enterobacteriaceae producing ESBLs or carbapenemase and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Hong Kong Community. Journal of Infection. 2020; doi:

Ambient temperature, seasonal influenza and risk of cardiovascular disease in a subtropical area in Southern China. Environmental Research. 2020:109546.

Personal Cold Protection Behaviour and Its Associated Factors in 2016/17 Cold Days in Hong Kong: A Two‐Year Cohort Telephone Survey Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17:1672.doi:10.3390/ijerph17051672

Perception of Potential Health Risk of Climate Change and Utilization of Fans and Air Conditioners in a Representative Population of Hong Kong. Int J Disaster Risk Sci. 2020;

In emergencies, health research must go beyond public engagement toward a true partnership with those affected. Nature Medicine. 2020; doi:10.1038/s41591-020-0758-y

Short-term Association Between Meteorological Factors and Childhood Pneumonia Hospitalization in Hong Kong: A Time-series Study. Epidemiology. 2019;30:S107-14.

Adolescents’ perspectives on the psychological effects of natural disasters in China and Nepal. Transcultural psychiatry. 2019; doi:

Use of tear gas for crowd control in Hong Kong. Lancet. 2019.

Time-Series Study of Associations between Rates of People Affected by Disasters and the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Cycle. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(17):3146.

WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Network (TPRN): Report of the Kobe Expert Meeting. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Jan;16(7):1232.

Health impact of climate change in cities of middle-income countries: the case of China. British medical bulletin. 2019.

Effects of high temperature on existing allergic symptoms and the effect modification of allergic history on health outcomes during hot days among adults: an exploratory cross-sectional telephone survey study. Environ Res. 2019;175:142-147.

Planning of a Health Emergency Disaster Risk Management Programme for a Chinese ethnic minority community. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(6):1046.

Food-Related Health Emergency-Disaster Risk Reduction in Rural Ethnic Minority Communities: A Pilot Study of Knowledge, Awareness and Practice of Food Labelling and Salt-intake Reduction in a Kunge Community in China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(9):1478. doi:10.3390/ijerph16091478

Is "perceived water insecurity" associated with disaster risk perception, preparedness attitudes, and coping ability in rural China? (a Health-EDRM pilot study). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16:1254. doi:10.3390/ijerph16071254

Different sensitivities to ambient temperature between first- and re-admission childhood asthma cases in Hong Kong – A time series study. Environ Res. 2019; 170:487-492.

Scientific evidence on natural disasters and health emergency and disaster risk management in Asian rural-based area. Br Med Bull. 2019;ldz002:1-15. doi:10.1093/bmb/ldz002

Is urban household emergency preparedness associated with short-term impact reduction after a super typhoon in subtropical city?. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(4):596.

Health vulnerability index for disaster risk reduction: application in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) region. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(3):380. doi:10.3390/ijerph16030380

Health-emergency disaster risk management and research ethics. Lancet. 2019;393:112-113.

Health Emergency Disaster Risk Management of public transport systems: a population-based study after the 2017 subway fire in Hong Kong, China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(2):228. doi:10.3390/ijerph16020228

Mental health workers’ perceptions of disaster response in China. BMC Public Health. 2019;19:11. doi:10.1186/s12889-018-6313-9

The role of the hotel industry in the response to emerging epidemics: a case study of SARS in 2003 and H1N1 swine flu in 2009 in Hong Kong. Globalization and Health. 2018;14:117. doi:10.1186/s12992-018-0438-6

Effectiveness of a drama-and-song-based health education in increasing knowledge on household waste management in Manchu ethnic minority-based Dacao Village. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2018; 25 (supplement): S181.

Food avoidance beliefs and behaviors among Chinese cancer patients: validation of a new measurement tool. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2018.

Screening for latent and active tuberculosis infection in the elderly at admission to residential care homes: a cost-effectiveness analysis in an intermediate disease burden area. PLOS One. 2018 Jan 2. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0189531

Long-term and immediate impacts of health emergency and disaster risk management (Health-EDRM) education interventions in a rural Chinese earthquake-prone transitional village. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 2018; 9(3): 319-330.

Risk perception and knowledge in fire risk reduction in a Dong minority rural village in China: A Health-EDRM education intervention study. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 2018; 9(3):306-318.

Associations of Salmonella hospitalizations with ambient temperature, humidity and rainfall in Hong Kong. Environment International. November 2018;120:223-230. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2018.08.014

Household preparedness and preferred communication channels in public health emergencies: a cross-sectional survey of residents in an Asian developed urban city. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018;15(8):1598. doi:10.3390/ijerph15081598

Short-term association between ambient temperature and acute myocardial infarction hospitalizations for diabetes mellitus patients: a time series study. PLoS Med. 2018 July 17;15(7):e1002612. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002612

The promotion of ‘grab bags’ as a disaster risk reduction strategy. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2018 Jul 6. Edition 1. doi:10.1371/currents.dis.223ac

A time-series study of the association of rainfall, relative humidity and ambient temperature with hospitalizations for rotavirus and norovirus infection among children in Hong Kong. Science of the Total Environment. 2018;643:414-422. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.189

Comparison of short-term associations with meteorological variables between COPD and pneumonia hospitalization among the elderly in Hong Kong—a time-series study. International Journal of Biometeorology. 2018, May 5. [Epub ahead of print]

The Tsinghua–Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities in China: unlocking the power of cities for a healthy China. Lancet. 2018, April 17. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30486-0 [Epub ahead of print]

Association between ambient temperatures and mental disorder hospitalizations in a subtropical city: a time-series study of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2018; 15: 754. doi:10.3390/ijerph15040754

Medical and health risks associated with communicable diseases of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh 2017. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2018;68:39-43.

A web-based course on public health principles in disaster and medical humanitarian response: survey among students and faculty. JMIR Med Educ 2018;4(1):e2. DOI: 10.2196/mededu.8495

Building bottom-up health and disaster risk reduction programmes. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2017.

Socio-demographic predictors of health and environmental co-benefit behaviours for climate change mitigation in urban China. PLoS One. Published online 2017 Nov 27.

Disaster risk reduction in Myanmar: a need for focus on community preparedness and improved evaluation of initiatives. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2017 Nov 20:1-5. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2017.107. [Epub ahead of print]

Disaster prevention, monitoring and warning for mass events. In: Liu ZM, editor. Current medical assistants of the city disaster. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press; 2018: 38-40. Chinese.

Urban community disaster and emergency health risk perceptions and preparedness. In: Shaw R, Shiwaku K, Izumi T, editors. Science and technology in disaster risk reduction in Asia: potentials and challenges. London: Academic Press; 2017: 95-110.

Self-efficacy and barriers to disaster evacuation in Hong Kong. Int J Public Health, 2017 Sep 20. doi: 10.1007/s00038-017-1036-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Field assessment for disaster. In: Liu ZM, Zhang LY, editors. Handbook of disaster injury emergency treatment techniques for primary care physicians in China. Beijing: Chinese Medical Multimedia Press; 2016: 12-19. Chinese.

Health and risks: integrating health into disaster risk reduction, risk communication, and building resilient communities. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 2017;8(2):107-108.

Weather information acquisition and health significance during extreme cold weather in a subtropical city: a cross-sectional survey in Hong Kong. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 2017. doi:10.1007/s13753-017-0127-8

What are the health research needs for the Sendai Framework? The Lancet. Published Online 2017 June 19. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31670-7.

The strategic framework of tuberculosis control and prevention in the elderly: a scoping review towards End TB targets. Infectious Diseases of Poverty. 2017; 6:70. doi:10.1186/s40249-017-0284-4

Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM) in remote ethnic minority areas of rural China: the case of a flood-prone village in Sichuan. Int J Disaster Risk Sci. 2017. doi:10.1007/s13753-017-0121-1

Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM): developing the research field within the Sendai Framework paradigm. Int J Disaster Risk Sci. 2017. doi:10.1007/s13753-017-0122-0

Resilience analysis of countries under disasters based on multisource data. Risk Analysis. 2017 Apr 6; Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/risa.12807

Public health humanitarian responses to natural disasters. London: Routledge; 2017.

A study of the short-term associations between hospital admissions and mortality from heart failure and meteorological variables in Hong Kong: weather and heart failure in Hong Kong. Int J Cardiol. 2017;228:537–42.

The solidarity and health neutrality of physicians in war & peace. PLoS Curr Disasters. 2017.

Injuries caused by pets in Asian urban households: a cross-sectional telephone survey. BMJ open. 2017;7(1):e012813.

The development of the Hong Kong Heat Index for enhancing the heat stress information service of the Hong Kong Observatory. Int J Biometeorol. 2016 Jul;60(7):1029-39. doi: 10.1007/s00484-015-1094-7015-1094-7. Epub 2015 Nov 6.

Contact infection of infectious disease onboard a cruise ship. Scientific Report [Internet]. 2016 December 8; 6: 38790. doi: 10.1038/srep38790

Accredited qualifications for capacity development in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 2016 Sep;20(1):15-34.

Role of government and NGOs. In: Wolfson N, Lerner A, Roshal L, editors. Orthopedics in disasters: orthopedic injuries in natural disasters and mass casualty events. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg; 2016: 47-59.

Hand, foot and mouth disease in Hong Kong: A time-series analysis on its relationship with weather. PLOS ONE. 2016 August 17. doi:10.1371/
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Health and disaster preparedness in rural China: Advanced training manual. Hong Kong: CCOUC and WZQCF; 2016. Traditional Chinese.

The short-term association between asthma hospitalisations, ambient temperature, other meteorological factors and air pollutants in Hong Kong: a time-series study. Thorax. 2016 Jun 24. doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2015-208054

Socio-demographic predictors for urban community disaster health risk perception and household based preparedness in a Chinese urban city. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2016 Jun 27. Edition 1.doi:10.1371/ currents.dis.287fb7fee6f9f 4521af441a236c2d519

Training Manual on Health and Disaster Preparedness in Rural China. Hong Kong: CCOUC and WZQCF; 2016.

Hong Kong’s emergency and disaster response system (policy brief).
Hong Kong: CCOUC; 2015. 6 p.

Industrial accidents in China: risk reduction and response. Lancet [Internet]. 2015 Oct 10;386(10002):1421-1422. doi:10.1016/ S0140-6736(15)00424-9

Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Hong Kong population towards human A/H7N9 influenza pandemic preparedness, China, 2014. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:943. doi:10.1186/ s12889-015-2245-9

Willingness of future A/H7N9 influenza vaccine uptake: A cross-sectional study of Hong Kong community. Vaccine [Internet]. 2015 Jul 27.

Public health and liberal studies: analysis of cross-module issues. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Educational Publishing Company; 2015.

Training Manual on Health and Disaster Preparedness in Rural China. Hong Kong: CCOUC and WZQCF; 2015. Chinese.

Travel health risk perceptions and preparations among travelers at Hong Kong International Airport. Journal of Travel Medicine. 2014. doi: 10.1111/jtm.12112