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 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 to focus their energies on the scientific, educational, and clinical aspects of immediate care. Due to the ongoing development of its scope and reach worldwide, and to better reflect its nature, the organization’s name was changed to the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.
As the oldest international emergency and disaster medicine organization, WADEM members represent 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 medicine and preparedness is implemented through:
WADEM is committed to developing new leaders in the fields of disaster medicine, prehospital care, and the health aspects of emergency management and complex humanitarian crises. 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 and President 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 its Officers (Chief Financial Officer and Secretary) and appoints the Editor-in-Chief of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. The Editor-in-Chief is not subject to term limits, nor can the Editor-in-Chief be a Director.
All Officers/Directors must be members of WADEM in good standing. A more detailed description of WADEM's organizational structure is described in the association bylaws below.