The Southeast Asia (SEA) chapter includes countries within the southeast Asia region, especially members of ASEAN countries. State members include Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste. The chapter’s goal is to provide a forum for cooperation between the member states in education, research, and training. It aims to represent the member states globally in prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness.
The region, owing to its location on the tectonic Sunda plate, placement on the Pacific Ring of Fire and the tropical rain belt, and contiguity with vast bodies of water, makes the region highly vulnerable to natural disasters. Aside from this, with the varied cultural and religious backgrounds and the similar socioeconomic status of these nations, human-induced disasters and hybrid disasters are also well documented in the region.
In 2020 alone, three Southeast Asian countries were among the top fifteen (15) countries with the most natural disasters. Indonesia topped the list for that year, facing 29 natural disasters affecting around six (6.5) million people.
Vision: To be the lead reference group in advancing the agenda for emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness among Southeast Asian nations, serving as their voice and representative in the global community for research, development, education, training, and knowledge sharing.
Thammapad Piyasuwanku, MD
Consultant and Attending physician
Department of Emergency Medicine
Songklanagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University
, MD, FRSCT
Trauma Surgery, Disaster Medicine
Vice Dean for Songkhlagarind Vejchavivat Hospital Affairs,
Director, Songklanagarind Vejchavivat Hospital,
Prince of Songkla University
Lenard Cheng, MBBS, MRCEM