Message From The President
WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICINE
You’re reading this because you have found your way to IFEM’s website; perhaps you’re looking for specific guidance in emergency care development in your area, or maybe help to set up a society, or a training programme? Whatever the reason you found us, I hope that IFEM has been able to help you – that is, after all, the main reason we are here.
Any of you fortunate enough to be at the recent ICEM in Cape Town will know that there is a palpable energy around emergency care right now, with IFEM right at its heart. Significant changes on the global scale mean that emergency care development is starting to be prioritised in areas where it previously hadn’t – and this is only set to increase over the next few years. While every country has unique local circumstances, the developmental challenges remain consistent and IFEM, with its extensive worldwide membership, is ideally placed to help overcome them: In line with our charter – signed 25 years ago, in 1991 – IFEM aims to support all those who need such assistance.
IFEM has a large and expanding number of committees, task forces, and interest groups who are carrying out numerous projects related to emergency care development, but our outputs are only as good as the volunteer inputs which we are fortunate enough to get. I really encourage all of you to get involved: volunteer your time, interest, and expertise in contributing to IFEM’s work, as we can’t do it without your help.
We are always keen to hear from our members, to make sure that the organisation is relevant and meeting your needs. We have a number of ways in which we can be contacted: feel free to ask or tell us anything you think is relevant!
With very warm wishes to all front line emergency care providers; I look forward to meeting with you over the next 2 years.
Professor Lee Wallis