The mission of WADEM is the evidence-based improvement, education, and advocacy of emergency and disaster health care and disaster risk reduction.
WADEM will be internationally recognized as the leading organization in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of scientific evidence and best practices in emergency and disaster health care and disaster risk reduction.
WADEM was originally founded as the Club of Mainz on 2 October 1976 with the goal of improving the worldwide delivery of prehospital and emergency care during everyday and mass disaster emergencies. The founding members were renowned researchers, practitioners and teachers of acute care medicine, who joined together to focus their energies on the scientific, educational, and clinical aspects of immediate care. Following the constant development of its scope and extension worldwide, and to better reflect its nature, the organization’s name was changed to the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.
WADEM is the oldest international emergency and disaster medicine organization with members from 55 countries and numerous disciplines including medicine, nursing, emergency management, academia, military, veterinary medicine, psychology and sociology as well as government and non-government organizations.
WADEM’s focus on scientific evidence and best practices in prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness is implemented through:
WADEM is committed to developing new leaders in the field of emergency and disaster health. To this end,
WADEM maintains an international presence through collaborations and affiliations with other professional organizations, academic institutions, and the World Health Organization, where its leaders regularly represent WADEM and its membership in pertinent discussions.
WADEM is a member-based professional association. Each individual member pays annual membership dues. The amount of the annual dues is based on the member’s annual income. The members elect the Board of Directors prior to the biennial Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine through an online election.
Board members serve for two-year terms, with a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Board of Directors, in turn, elects the Officers (President, Vice Presidents (3), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Secretary, President-Elect, and the Editor-in-Chief of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine). The Journal Editor is not subject to term limits.
All Officers and Directors must be members of WADEM in good standing. A more detailed description of WADEM's organizational structure and goals are described in the association bylaws and current strategic plan.