WHO hosts meeting to define next steps for work on prehospital and emergency trauma care
On 31 January and 1 February, WHO hosted a meeting of the steering committee tasked with guiding WHO's work on prehospital and emergency trauma care systems. The meeting participants, senior-level officials from hospital emergency services, academies of traumatology and injury prevention research centers, reviewed the progress made since the first meeting in June 2005 and planned the next steps in their collaboration. Participants provided updates on progress in strengthening prehospital and emergency trauma care systems in Ghana, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the United States. Senior staff from WHO's Departments of Injuries and Violence Prevention, and Health Action in Crises and members of the steering committee also discussed ways to strengthen WHO support to countries in terms of mass casualty management and emergency preparedness. Participants produced a revised strategic plan for their work with clear outcomes and assigned responsibilities.