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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - 17 October
2014 Theme:Leave no one behind: think, decide, and
act together against extreme poverty

Nearly 1 in 5 people live on less than $1.25 a day, totaling over 1.2 billion people globally. The poor are often at a much higher risk of health issues, infectious diseases, and the destructive effects of natural disasters. 17 October presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.

Help the United Nations to raise awareness about the progress made and the challenges that remain for people living in poverty. Use #EndPoverty to post your messages about the Millenium Development Goals and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.


19th WCDEM Abstract Submission and Registration now Open!
21-24 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

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The 19th WCDEM's theme Creating Capacity, Building Resilience includes topics within the spectrum of humanitarian disaster impacts to global health systems and prehospital and crisis response. Presentation content will extend from South Africa to regional and global challenges, having applicability to all communities that are vulnerable to disaster.

Population pressures and shifting environmental shocks will continue to demand collaborative efforts, making case studies and applications of science particularly valuable contributions to WCDEM. Preparedness efforts focused on vulnerable populations that include capacity building strategies at all response levels and segments, e.g., local, national, civilian-military, non-profits are encouraged to submit their work.

Transferring knowledge to the next generation of crisis response leaders is a long-term commitment of WADEM. Training, education, and knowledge sharing are crucial components. All abstracts submissions are encouraged to consider the transferability of their work to attendees of differing geographic contexts of humanitarian response.

Submit an Abstract

Sample topic areas include:

  1. Capacity Strategies
  2. Collaborative Relationships
  3. Disaster Risk Management
  4. Emergency Medical Systems / Prehospital Response and Care
  5. Entrenched and Emerging Vulnerabilities
  6. Environmental Challenges and Realities
  7. Foreign Medical Teams
  8. Hospitals and Health Systems
  9. Mass Gatherings
  10. Medico-legal
  11. Pediatrics and Vulnerable Populations
  12. Planning for Response, Modeling for the Future
  13. Preparation and Assessment in Disasters
  14. Psychosocial
  15. Public Health
  16. Research
  17. Social Media
  18. Training and Education
  19. French Papers
  20. Spanish Papers
  21. Other Relevant Topics to Congress Theme