Improving global prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness

Latin America & Caribbean Chapter

The Latin American and Caribbean (LATAC) Chapter of WADEM was founded to promote collaboration and integration among regional scientists and health professionals around research and education in the field of disaster and emergency medicine and thus contribute to the improvement of its standards of practice in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.

LATAC Chapter Leadership

Amado Alejandro Báez, MD, MPH, PhD, FACEP, FCCM, FAEMS
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology; Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University
Darren Dookeeram, MBBS, DM, MBA, MRCPS, MA, FRSPH, CHPM
Specialist Emergency Physician, Sangre Grande Hospital

Lecturer; School of Pharmacy, University of the West Indies


  • Increase membership and promotion of WADEM´s goals across Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • Promote a paradigm shift from “response” to integral emergency risk management;
  • Encourage a culture of disaster and emergency preparedness in the region;
  • Enhance regional development of knowledge, capacities and motivation for disaster risk reduction;
  • Adapt and implement international standards in the practice of disaster and emergency medicine in the region and contribute with findings and lessons learned in the process; and
  • Establish a community of practice for discussion, communication and exchange of information among regional members about disasters and related subjects.


  • Research on key topics that are of common concern for the region;
  • Highlight government decisions that are key for emergency risk management through the members at the local level and through partners at an international level;
  • Promote joint training activities and sharing of expertise and good practices; and
  • To increase the availability of worldwide disaster risk literature to local populations and promote its adaptation and application.