WADEM is a non-operational, non-governmental, multidisciplinary organization whose mission is the global improvement of prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness.
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World Polio Day is 24 October!
World Polio Day is an opportunity for the global polio eradication community to renew its promise of a polio-free world to future generations.
World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. Since then, GPEI has reduced polio worldwide by 99%.
Add your voice and spread the word that polio is almost eradicated. Post and tweet using #WorldPolioDay to raise your voice to support polio eradication!
19th WCDEM Abstract Submission and Registration now Open!
21-24 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
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.
Sample topic areas include:
- Capacity Strategies
- Collaborative Relationships
- Disaster Risk Management
- Emergency Medical Systems / Prehospital Response and Care
- Entrenched and Emerging Vulnerabilities
- Environmental Challenges and Realities
- Foreign Medical Teams
- Hospitals and Health Systems
- Mass Gatherings
- Pediatrics and Vulnerable Populations
- Planning for Response, Modeling for the Future
- Preparation and Assessment in Disasters
- Public Health
- Social Media
- Training and Education
- French Papers
- Spanish Papers
- Other Relevant Topics to Congress Theme