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The mission of WADEM is the evidence-based improvement, education, and advocacy of emergency and disaster health care and disaster risk reduction.



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Health System Surge Capacity and Response to a Sudden Conflict
At 06:29 on 7 October 2023, Hamas forces attacked southern Israel from Gaza. The attacks resulted in over 3,000 casualties (wounded and dead) who were brought to hospitals, created a massive surge of patients, and pushed the capacity of hospitals to respond in the area to the brink. That day was a national holiday, and most healthcare facilities had reduced staffing. The first casualties arrived within an hour at the two closest medical facilities (level 1 and level 2 trauma centers), located approximately 40 and 20 km from the attacked sites.The Ministry of Health (MoH) Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and the Home Front Command (HFC) coordinated patient management and transfers in and between hospitals and field evacuations by ambulances and military forces. The inflow of casualties to the hospitals under rocket attack, the absence of staff, and the distance from other medical facilities in the country created challenges for the local staff and the MoH. This presentation will provide an initial analysis of what happened, provide insights from the management level, and share lessons learned.Speaker: Odeda Benin-Goren, PhD (CEO of ODRON)
6/27/2024 4:00 PM
Climate Change & Health / Crisis Communication Leadership - LATAC Chapter
Join us for the upcoming webinar organized by the WADEM Latin America and Caribbean (LATAC) Chapter featuring two presentations - Health and Climate Change (Dr. Latoya Storr) and Crisis Communication Leadership (Dr. Jay McIsaac). Dr. Storr's presentation will focus on climate risks in the Caribbean, socio-economic impacts, and ways to achieve Climate Readiness using a disaster risk management approach. Dr. McIssac's talk will introduce the subject of crisis communications and emphasize the increased need for training in this area.Speakers: Jay McIssac, MD (Supervisory Medical Officer, National Disaster Medical System, Administration for Strategic Preparedness) and Latoya Storr, MBBS (Emergency Medicine Specialist and Consultant Physician, Rand Memorial Hospital)
6/26/2024 10:00 PM