Asia is the world's most densely populated continent and has the highest number of natural disasters. The impact of disaster upon the human population is exacerbated by significant resource disparity and a lack of research, as well as technical knowledge transfer in the field of disaster risk management.
In April 2011, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care received HKD$7 million from China Emergency Relief Training to establish a centre to carry out research, training and community knowledge transfer in the area of disaster and humanitarian response in the Asia-Pacific region. A three-year collaboration was formed between the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Oxford University with the startup fund – the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC). Drawing on the extensive technical expertise and collaborative networks of its supporting institutions, CCOUC focuses on research, education and services for disaster preparedness, relief and response in the Greater China and Asia Pacific region.