The public health impacts of armed conflict

In 1918, as World War 1 ended, a deadly new virus began to spread across Europe. The Spanish Flu quickly infected a third of the world’s population, killing up to 100 million people in a single year, more than both World Wars combined. In the UK, overcrowded barracks contributed to the spread of the disease which killed 250,000 British people.

As we mark 100 years since the end of World War 1, FPH's Global Violence Prevention Special Interest Group (SIG) has collaborated with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) to co-produce a short film that shines a light on the health impacts of armed conflict. The film was narrated by Jim Broadbent and the animation was developed by BeakusFPH's Film SIG supported the development of the video by providing advice and assistance throughout the process. 

If you're interested interested in finding out more about the health impacts of armed conflict or the overlaps between public health and humanitarian work, consider getting involved in the Global Violence Prevention SIG by emailing