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Health-related civil protection through civil defence and disaster control in pandemic situations using the example of SARS-CoV-2 (BePal)


Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Principal Investigator:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)

  • Grant ID: FKZ 01KI2097

Associated partners  

  • German Society for Disaster Medicine (DGKM)
  • Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Federal Association
  • Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Regional Assocation Bad Windsheim
  • German Red Cross State Assocation Schleswig-Holstein
  • Firma Dräger Safety AG & Co KGaA
Jun 01, 2020 — May 31, 2021

Since the pandemic situation is still very dynamic, a flexible heuristic is used to form situation-adapted priorities in the course of the research project. The project consists of five work packages (WP). In WP1, a desktop study will be conducted to review the current state of research regarding the legal, administrative and socio-historical foundations of health-related civil protection in pandemic situations. WP2 empirically analyses the manifold support measures of civil protection and disaster response organisations in the fields of medicine/care, social support, transport/logistics, CBRN protection and command structures. In WP3, the organisations themselves are regarded as critical infrastructures whose primarily volunteer-generated operational capability is of particular importance due to the risk of infection and the scale of the situation in the current outbreak. WP4 serves the international comparison of cases (e.g. Italy/Austria) as well as the exchange on the scientific level. Finally, WP5 will develop recommendations for the Public Health Service as well as civil protection and disaster control organisations.

See also: https://www.gesundheitsforschung-bmbf.de/de/bepal-gesundheitlicher-bevolkerungsschutz-durch-den-zivil-und-katastrophenschutz-in-11719.php

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