About me

Anneli Eriksson is a registered nurse specialised in anesthesia care, with a Master in international health. She presently works as project coordinator at Karolinska Institutet with a research team focusing on health-care needs related to disasters. Anneli coordinates research support and develops and coordinates courses in the area of international disaster medicine and disaster health-response. During 2014 she organized short course trainings for medical and non-medical staff, aiming to work in West Africa. 

  In 1995 Anneli started to work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and has since then had several positions in field-missions in various countries, most recently in Liberia in 2014, during the Ebola outbreak. She has also worked in various positions in the Swedish MSF-office. For three years Anneli performed and coordinated evaluations of MSF’s humanitarian work in various settings, while she also developed and managed an evaluation unit for MSF’s operational center in Brussels. During four years Anneli was the president of MSF-Sweden. She is currently a member of the board for MSF- Operational Centre Brussels.

Research description

Anneli's research focuses on ways to predict and measure severity and needs in different disasters. She has developed a severity score for complex emergencies that allow comparison of severity and needs between ongoing complex emergencies around the world.

Teaching portfolio

  • Public health in disasters
  • Actors and priorities in disaster response
  • Maternal and child nutrition
  • Treatment of acute malnutrition in low resource settings
  • Evaluation of humanitarian assistance


  • Master in International Health, International Child Health unit (IMCH), Uppsala University, 2010
  • Human rights and democracy, Theology School, Stockholm, 2007 
  • Anaesthesia nursing, Stockholm’s nursing school, Huddinge, 1997
  • Nursing, Linköping Health University, 1990
  • Other studies, selected courses:
  • Philosophy of Science and research ethics. Karolinska Institutet, 2016
  • How to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses, Karolinska Institutet, 2015
  • Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM): Challenges and enigmas, Copenhagen university, 2013
  • Epidemiology in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, Emory University and CDC Atlanta, 2013
  • Teaching and learning in higher education, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, 2013
  • Peace and conflict studies:  Uppsala university, 2006 
  • Nutrition for children and women in Low income countries, Uppsala university, IMCH, 2005
  • ALNAP Introductory/intermediate course:  Evaluation of Humanitarian Action (EHA), 2010
  • MSF Evaluation course – The MSF-Vienna evaluation unit, 2009

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • Florence Nightingales International Achievement Award, by International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF), 2007