19TH WORLD CONGRESS ON DISASTER & EMERGENCY MEDICINE
CTICC: Cape Town International Convention Centre #CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
On behalf of the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 19th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WCDEM) in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference will take place from 21-24 April 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and will be hosted by the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine in conjunction with EMSSA.
2015 is an important year for WCDEM, as it will be the first time that this key conference is held in Africa. Disasters can strike anywhere, but often cause the greatest devastation when they hit communities that are not prepared to handle the resulting devastation. With this in mind, the theme for the 2015 conference will be Creating Capacity, Building Resilience. We will focus on utilizing prevention and preparedness to minimize the impact of disasters and hasten recovery by developing more disaster resilient communities.
Emergency Medicine is rapidly developing in Africa. It was first recognized as a separate specialty in South Africa in 2003, and in 2010 the FIFA World Cuptm brought a new emphasis and focus on training in the field of disaster and mass gathering medicine. Four years later, the skills and systems developed for the World Cup remain, and are allowing an accelerated appreciation and expansion of disaster services and planning in the country. Many other sub-Saharan countries are now following suit and developing their emergency and disaster care response systems, in line with the World Health Assembly’s call for better disaster preparedness.
As South Africa's professional society, EMSSA is spearheading the development of this evolving specialty around the country and throughout the rest of the continent. We aim to improve the quality of emergency care and disaster management in areas where it is needed most by building capacity through training and outreach.
The local organising committee looks forward to welcoming you to our beautiful city, which was recently named the "Number 1 Place to Go in 2014" by the New York Times. While you are here, we hope you take advantage of our social program and find time to visit some of our top attractions including the iconic Table Mountain, our world-renowned winelands, and the historic Robben Island.
We look forward to meeting you in Cape Town!
Professor Lee A Wallis
Chair, Local Organising Committee
Group registrations not allowed
Accompanying persons not allowed
We don’t accept Online Abstracts
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This year’s theme Creating Capacity, Building Resilience includes topics within the spectrum of humanitarian disaster impacts to global health systems and pre-hospital 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, nonprofits are encouraged to submit their work.
Transferring knowledge to the next generation of crisis response leaders is a long-term commitment of WADEM/WCDEM. 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.
Sample topic areas include:
- Capacity Strategies
- Collaborative Relationships
- Emergency Medical Systems / Pre-Hospital Response
- Hospitals and Health Systems
- Entrenched and Emerging Vulnerabilities
- Environmental Challenges and Realities
- Foreign Medical Teams
- Mass Gatherings
- Medico- Legal
- Pediatrics and Vulnerable Populations
- Planning for Response, Modeling for the Future
- Pre hospital Care
- Preparation and Assessment in Disasters
- Psycho Social
- Public Health
- Social Media
- Training and Education
- French Papers
- Spanish Papers
- Other Relevant Topics to Congress Theme
- All abtracts must be submitted electronically using the WCDEM submission system. Abstract submissions by email will not be accepted.
- Abstracts CANNOT exceed 300 words (approximately 2,000 characters including spaces, but excluding the title and the authors).
- Papers must not have been published previously.
- Selected papers may be published in Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.
- Abstracts must be submitted under one of the following abstract types:
- Research data
- Proposed study suggestions
- Field/case study reports
- Abstracts must be submitted under one of the following presentation preferences:
- Oral Presentation
- Oral Poster Presentation to Focus Group
- No Preference
- Final presentation type is determined by the program committee.
- If you select “Oral Presentation” your oral abstract will be considered for an “Oral Poster Presentation to Focus Group.“ If not accepted for an Oral Presentation, you may opt out of this option during the submission process.
- Content must be organized as follows:
- Photos are not permitted.
- 1 Table or 1 diagram is permitted.
- Papers will be accepted in English, French and Spanish.
- English is the official language of the Congress.
- There is no fee for submitting an abstract.
- There is no limit to the number of abstracts an author may submit.
- Commercial presentations are not permitted.
- The submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation that it will be presented at the 19th WCDEM.
- License of copyright and consent to publication:When you submit an abstract, you will be asked to verify as the author and on behalf of all authors of the abstract, the following declarations:
- All authors of the abstract have reviewed the abstract and confirm that all information is correct. The authors accept that the content of this abstract cannot be modified or corrected after final submission, and they are aware that it will be published exactly as submitted.
- Submission of the abstract constitutes consent of all authors of the abstract to publication (e.g. WADEM/WCDEM website, programs, other promotions).
- All authors of the abstract warrant and represent that they either are the sole owners of, or have all necessary rights to, sublicense all the information and content in the abstract provided to WADEM and its WCDEM organizers, and that publication of the abstract does not infringe any rights, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights, or of any third parties.
- All authors of the abstract grant WADEM a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, distribute, and display the abstract.
- All authors of the abstract grant exclusive permission to WADEM to record the audio and video portion, if any, of the abstract presentation at WCDEM and to collect and retain all revenues from all rebroadcasts (including web broadcasts), sales, and publications of such recordings.
- WADEM reserves the right to remove from any publication any abstract that does not comply with the above.
- Submission of the contact details provided are those of the submitter of the abstract. The submitter will be notified about the status of the abstract and is responsible for informing the other authors about the status of the abstract.