Gain a better understanding of the many aspects of Disaster & Humanitarian Medicine and discover if you could be doing something different with your medicine on Day 2 of our World Extreme Medicine Conference.
The world faces new crises every day, both manmade and natural. That’s why Day 2 of the conference focused on Humanitarian and Disaster medicine, equipping you with the skills you need in order to deliver medical care where it’s needed most. We had careers sessions to help you break into the industry and immersive workshops that will teach you how to improvise with what’s around you – from jaw dislocation to open wounds. You’ll also had the chance to hear from world-renowned experts as they gave their thoughts on the impact of war on children, aid workers and medical practice.
Are you ready to learn how to Thrive in Adversity? Here’s a small taster of what Day 2 had to offer…
- Dr Michael Von Bertele was on the mainstage for a thought-provoking talk, where he aimed to address the gap in knowledge and lack of accurate data recording that’s needed to improve the care of children in conflict. He discussed how, with coordinated effort and collaboration from multiple agencies we can develop a common data set, and a methodology for collection, storage and retrieval, that will enable agencies to analyse and research into the risk exposure, treatment, and long-term recovery of children in contemporary conflict settings.
- Dangerous Flora and Fauna – James Bloor-Griffiths a qualified field guide in Botswana talk covered the approach to a wide range of potentially dangerous species from across the globe. From scorpions to big game, James aimed to provide identification tips, guidance on risk mitigation and advice on the management of commonly encountered scenarios.
- Those interested in our NEW category ‘Beyond the Battlefield’, joined Alex Potter and Pete Reed of Global Response Management, as they examined the impact of the largest urban battle in recent history – Mosul, 2016-17 – on our understandings of both warfare and humanitarian aid. This was not one to be missed!
- Delegates learnt fundamental hands-on field-proven skills in our interactive Wound Dressing Workshop, that were ideal for front-line nurses to develop their clinical skills and perfect for doctors and paramedics who get fewer opportunities to practice this skill (plus you kept the dressings to practice at home).
- Aula Abbara, a consultant in Infectious Diseases/ General Internal Medicine at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust, London whose humanitarian experience includes working in refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria (pre-conflict), the Rohingya crisis and in Sierra Leone with MDM for the Ebola response spoke on Day 2. Plus, Dr Esmita Charani, Senior Lead Pharmacist within the faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance. Who, in her academic career has focused her research on behaviour change interventions in the field of antimicrobial stewardship. Both Aula and Esmita were perfectly placed to discuss the pressing global issue of ‘Antimicrobial Resistance in Warzones’ which is currently affecting populations worldwide.
- For humanitarian aid workers working in remote areas, reliable transport is an essential part of any expedition. You need to feel confident that your vehicle and the essential supplies on board will get you to your destination and back to base without any difficulty. Attend one of our extremely popular ‘Expeditionary Vehicle Maintenance’ workshops run by Russell Drew and Nick Cranfield, who offered a host of hands-on practical advice and top tips.
Join us this year for one of the most energetic and unique networks in the universe and be part of the world’s greatest gathering of extreme medics and thought-leaders; dedicated to inspiring and sharing medical knowledge with you. Book your place today!