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Ebola Response in West Africa

The Ebola crisis in western Africa has exceeded the capabilities of the Response Capacities of the governments and the humanitarian response organizations currently providing services in Liberia and is threatening to do so in Sierra Leone. There is a desperate need for additional assistance from organizations that have such capabilities, and individuals and small groups that can be combined into larger ones. Of particular importance are caregivers, i.e., nurses and nursing assistants.

Please assist in recruiting organizations and individuals that could contribute to gaining control over this crisis. Please distribute this call for action widely to help recruit needed organizations and/or personnel willing to assist in this endeavor. All precautions are being taken to protect outside personnel. The plan for Monrovia provides some of the details

Interested organizations (NGO, academic, governmental) should contact Dr. Ian Norton, Foreign Medical Team focal point for Ebola Response (nortoni@who.int) or +231 775726268 (Liberia) or Ms. Christine Trettter (tretterc@who.int).


19th WCDEM Abstract Submission 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