The 4th Pan American Conference of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) was held from 15-17 October in Leesburg (Virginia, United States).

At the meeting, co-sponsored by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), international experts discussed different aspects related to the disciplines linked to emergencies and disasters medicine: forensics and psychological aspects, safe health facilities, the role of the military and medical staff, professional competencies, accountability and research priorities, among others.

A group of experts from PAHO/WHO participated in the Congress, contributing to different sessions, such as a panel on international medical teams, a session on disasters terminology and a workgroup about the use of social media in emergencies and disasters. The latter is a new topic related to the response to emergencies and disasters, so this session had the objective of identifying recommendations for the use of these tools by health institutions both in prevention and preparedness, as well as in the response to emergencies and disasters. 

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