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J/P HRO Haitian Relief Organization at 19th WCDEM
Representative of J/P HRO to give a Keynote Address at Congress

The J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), a non-profit organization founded by the American actor Sean Penn in response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, has confirmed a keynote speaker for the 19th World Congress for Disaster Emergency Medicine (19th WCDEM). J/P stands for Jenkins-Penn, a reference to Sanela Diana Jenkins, whose foundation supported initial relief efforts, with Sean Penn. Their mission, to save lives and build sustainable programs with the Haitian people quickly and effectively, is supported through four integrated programs:

  1. Medical,
  2. Camp and Relocations Management (including Protection)
  3. Engineering and Construction
  4. Community Development (Education, Community and Livelihoods)

For more information about J/P HRO's programs and mission, please visit - http://jphro.org/.


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.

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Sample topic areas include:

  1. Capacity Strategies
  2. Collaborative Relationships
  3. Emergency Medical Systems / Prehospital Response
  4. Hospitals and Health Systems
  5. Entrenched and Emerging Vulnerabilities
  6. Environmental Challenges and Realities
  7. Foreign Medical Teams
  8. Mass Gatherings
  9. Medico-legal
  10. Pediatrics and Vulnerable Populations
  11. Planning for Response, Modeling for the Future
  12. Prehospital Care
  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