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21-24 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

The "Program-at-a-Glance" is now available on Congress website. The program includes over 20 topics distributed throughout the concurrent sessions, didactic plenary sessions, social events for building professional contacts, and informative workshops. Workshop hosts include the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa (EMSSA), National Library of Medicine (NLM), Evidence Aid, World Health Organization (WHO), WADEM Student Mentorship Program, and much more!

This year's theme, Creating Capacity, Building Resilience, includes topics within the spectrum of humanitarian disaster impacts to global health systems and prehospital and crisis response. Congress content will extend from South Africa to regional and global challenges, including UNISDR-HFA activities, with applicability to all communities that are vulnerable to disaster.

CME Credits Available at the 19th WCDEM!

PESI, Inc. will offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for the Congress. The 19th WCDEM was planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of PESI, Inc. and WADEM. PESI, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Designation Statement
The PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 32.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

International CME
International Physicians are formally eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Physician Assistant
AAPA accepts Category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

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Evidence Aid Workshop
A Resource for Those Preparing for and Responding to Natural Disasters, Humanitarian Crises, and Major Healthcare Emergencies

07:15 - 08:15, Thursday, 23 April

Facilitators: Claire Allen, Virginia Murray, and Jason Nickerson

Workshop Outline: Workshop participants will learn about Evidence Aid and why robust data and systematic reviews are important for decision making, as well as having the opportunity to discuss how they might engage with Evidence Aid – as users and contributors – and how Evidence Aid could best meet their needs. Evidence Aid is forming technical groups and has terms of reference for these. Participants will hear from the Chair of the first Evidence Aid technical group (focused on health systems) and will discuss the creation of other technical groups, based on their knowledge and contacts in the field, to assist authors and readers in understanding specific contexts, interventions, and, evidence gaps in specialized areas. There will also be a chance for the workshop participants to discuss the Evidence Aid goals for the next 3-5 years and to think of ways to achieve these goals (e.g. using mobile technology), whilst keeping in mind their own needs as policy makers, responders, academic researchers, and funders.

Background: Evidence Aid is a coordinated international initiative to improve effective and timely access to systematic reviews on the effects of interventions and actions of relevance before, during, and after natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies, to improve health-related outcomes.