Dr. Peter Safar passed from this world on 3 August 2003. Dr. Safar was the originator of the CPR sequences that have been responsible for saving the lives of thousands of world citizens. He was the first President of the World Association for Disaster Medicine, previously the Club of the Mainz, and the original editor of its journal, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, formerly the Journal of the World Association for Emergency and Disaster Medicine.
This award is given to a person considered to have made substantial contributions to the field of disaster and emergency health as determined by the Board of Directors of WADEM. The honor is awarded at each WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine.
The Frederick "Skip" Burkle Jr. Award for Global Leadership in Emergency Public Health is presented every two years to an individual for distinguished global leadership in advancing the science of emergency public health and improving humanitarian relief efforts. On 30 January 2017, the WADEM Board of Directors named the award in honor of Professor Burkle for his outstanding contributions to Emergency Public Health.
WADEM promotes the worldwide development and improvement of emergency and disaster health and humanitarian relief. Every two years at the biennial Congress, the WADEM Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Disaster Management is presented to an organization involved in disaster relief that has promoted awareness of quality excellence in humanitarian relief efforts, or demonstrated quality achievements of Disaster Response Organizations, or publicized successful quality strategies specifically designed for disaster relief organizations.
The President's Award is given to a WADEM member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. The award is presented at the biennial WADEM Congress.