World Health Organization Taskforce

World Health Organization Taskforce

Purpose of the World Health Organization Taskforce:

The WHO Task Team is chartered by the Board of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) to provide a forum in which members of the IFEM with special interest in emergency medical care in low resource settings can  identify common goals and opportunities to work together, coordinate IFEM efforts to improve emergency medical care across different WHO regions, provide technical input into the development of critical emergency care tools for the WHO toolkit, facilitate the sharing of resources between member organizations,  help to steer and improve upon projects, and provide and receive clinical expertise inputs in regards to emergency medical care.


  • Provide a forum for networking and the exchange of information and views between individuals with a particular interest in emergency medical care
  • Foster collaboration between individuals or groups with an interest in WHO activities with a view to the identification of research and quality improvement initiatives
  • Provide technical content input to resources and standards such as toolkits for the WHO
  • Facilitate the dissemination, adoption and implementation of WHO emergency medical care products through IFEM’s national society network
  • Explore broader aspects of emergency medical care across WHO regions consistent with the wishes and interests of the WHOTT membership


Professor Lee Wallis | Chair
African Federation for Emergency Medicine

Professor Lee Alan Wallis is Head of Emergency Medicine for the Western Cape Government, Professor and Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stellenbosch University.  He is responsible for clinical governance and training within the government EMS system and 40 hospital Emergency Departments. His division comprises undergraduate medical students, 50 residents, over 100 Masters students and 35 PhD students.

Lee is Immediate Past President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. He was Founder and President of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine from 2009-2016. He is Editor in Chief of the African Journal of Emergency Medicine, and has authored several book chapters and around 250 journal articles. He edited the Oxford University Press AFEM handbook of Acute and Emergency Care, has been involved in the development of emergency care systems in several Africa countries, is a consultant to WHO, and consults widely for academic institutions and governments in low resource settings.

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