World Congress in Disaster and Emergency Medicine
WHO, represented by the Country Office in China, Regional Offices for Europe (EURO) and the Americas (AMRO/PAHO), Health Security and Environment, and Health Action in Crises, participated in the World Congress in Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Beijing, China from 29 May - 3 June. The Congress was opened by China's Minister for Health, Dr Chen Zhu who was presented with an award from WADEM for his country's contribution to the field of disaster and emergency health. The WHO Representative for China, Dr Michael O'Leary, presented WHO perspectives on disaster and emergency health.
The Congress was held in conjunction with 14th Conference of the Chinese Society for Emergency Medicine bringing the total number of participants to more than 1500.WHO organised a round table on Strategic Directions in Global Health and staff also made a number of presentations on subjects such as safer hospitals, mass gatherings, disaster risk reduction, foreign medical teams, public health and capacity assessment.
There were several hundred oral and poster speakers on WCDEM themes including foreign medical teams; safer hospitals; mass gatherings; public health; disaster assessments; earthquakes; standards of care; urban search and rescue; psychosocial; trauma, resuscitation and emergency medicine; competencies, education and training; risk reduction; civil military; nursing; Japan earthquake; evaluation reporting guidelines; triage; climate change; information management; Haiti; 2004 tsunami; disaster preparedness - planning; emergency medical services - treatment, transport, training and research; safety; pediatrics; migration; special populations; exercises/simulations; infectious diseases; CBRNE; disaster management; veterinary health; field hospitals; communications; disaster recovery; and case studies.