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


In addition to its webinar series, WADEM launched a new podcast series for 2018.

Professor Tony Redmond talks about his experiences responding to the earthquake in Armenia 30 years ago in 1988. It is recognized that the scale of the earthquake and the following international response led to a wider recognition of the need for much better coordination of international assistance and a more focused targeting of aid based on identified needs.

In particular, three key UN initiatives were established as a direct result of Armenia: the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDAC), the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), and the On-site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC). These initiatives have led to the progressive development of international coordination that laid the grounds for the current WHO Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) initiative.

The interview was conducted on 26 February 2018 by Prof. Alison Hutton, WADEM’s VP for Special Interests and Activities.

Knox Andress from the Louisiana Poison Center describes how Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport physicians responded to medical needs of over 550 Hurricane “Harvey” evacuees, including children and the elderly, at the Jewella Critical Transportation Needs Shelter (CTNS) in Shreveport, Louisiana between 31 August and 6 September 2017.

The interview was conducted by Prof. Ally Hutton, WADEM’s VP for Special Interests and Activities, and recorded in December 2017.

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