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21-24 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

The abstract submission is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for the 19th WCDEM! Authors can expect a response as to whether their abstract was accepted or not by 23 January 2015.

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.

Early Registration Deadline Extended to 6 February
The 19th WCDEM's Early Registration deadline has been extended to 6 February so all presenters of accepted abstracts have time to register at the reduced rate.

19th WCDEM to Offer CME

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.

J/P Haitian Relief Organization - Keynote Speaker

J/P HRO LogoOn 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti causing one of the worst natural disasters in the Western Hemisphere. More than 230,000 lives were lost, 1.5 million people were displaced, essential services were disrupted, and major buildings and infrastructure were destroyed, including the Presidential Palace and United Nations (UN) Headquarters in Port-au-Prince.

In the aftermath of this devastating earthquake, J/P HRO's (Haitian Relief Organization) mission has been to save lives and build sustainable programs with the Haitian people quickly and effectively.

Dr. HyppoliteThe 19th World Congress for Disaster Emergency Medicine (WCDEM) is excited to announce the addition of J/P HRO's Director of Programs, Dr. Starry Sprenkle Hyppolite, as a Keynote Speaker. Dr. Hyppolite was part of the 2010 Haiti earthquake response for the UN Early Recovery Program in the Artibonite Valley. She later worked for Christian Aid Haiti Program based in Port-au-Prince managing programs throughout the country that focused on health, livelihoods, housing, and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

Since joining J/P HRO in 2013, Dr. Hyppolite has worked closely with its Medical Program to streamline service delivery and strengthen community health strategy. She has also has worked with J/P HRO's Community Development program to create polyvalent community development agents and support Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) and DRR protection efforts.

As the Director of Programs, she has oversight on both the Relocations Program for Internally Displaced People from the 2010 earthquake and the Engineering and Construction Program focused on urban redevelopment/re-planning and housing. Dr. Hyppolite is a frequent guest lecturer on post-earthquake development in Haiti and looks to expand her teaching and academic experiences as much possible.