The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine promotes the worldwide development and improvement of emergency and disaster health and humanitarian relief. Every two years at the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine, the WADEM Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Disaster Management is presented to an organization involved in disaster relief that has promoted awareness of quality excellence in humanitarian relief efforts, or demonstrated quality achievements of Disaster Response Organizations, or publicized successful quality strategies specifically designed for disaster relief organizations. Recipients of the award receive an engraved plaque.
2013 Award Recepient - Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), founded in 1902, is the world's oldest international public health agency. It provides technical cooperation and mobilizes partnerships to improve health and quality of life in the countries of the Americas. PAHO is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American System and serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). Together with WHO, PAHO is a member of the United Nations system.
The 2013 award was presented to PAHO at the 18th WCDEM in Manchester, United Kingdom. The award was accepted by Ciro Ugarte on behalf the organization.
The 2011 award was presented to UK-Med at the 17th WCDEM in Beijing, China. The award was accepted by Dr. Anthony Redmond on behalf the organization.
The Kamedo Reports received the WADEM Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Disaster Management at the 16th WCDEM in Victoria, Canada in 2009. The award was accepted by Dr. Per Kulling.
Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) from Japan was awarded the WADEM Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Disaster Management in 2007. It was accepted by Takashi Ukai in Amsterdam at the 15th WCDEM in Amsterdam.