The foundations of the Global Humanitarian Health Association (GHHA) were laid during the coldest week of the year in Montreal, Canada and the conversation is set to continue this week in Cape Town, South Africa at the 19th World Congress for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WCDEM).
The Montreal meeting took place in late January at McGill University and saw over 30 attendees from countless institutions worldwide including Harvard, Cornell, Universita del Piemonte Orientale and beyond. The conversations that ensued were critical to the development of the Association and inextricably linked the future of the humanitarian health sector to the professionalization of its workers and the standardization of its core competencies.
WCDEM 2015 Creating Capacity and Building Resilience will take place from April 20-25 and the GHHA will have a strong presence, presenting a total of six abstracts in a special workshop session. The aim of the session will be to represents the discussions, research and actions taken since Montreal, and to engage and allow for new membership in the GHHA.