5th Emergency Medical Teams Global Meeting
Since the inception of the World Health Organization (WHO) EMT Initiative, four global meetings were held to gather the community of EMT providers, member states and partners to guide the Initiative and foster collaboration and support from the various member states and partners of the network. The first four global meetings in Geneva, Panama, Hong Kong, and Bangkok, were mainly aimed at creating the momentum for the development of a global network. These meetings proved vital in steering the direction of the initiative and gaining buy in from all partners involved in EMT surge response.
The fifth global meeting was slated for 2021 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic was deferred to 2022. Since the last global meeting in 2019, the Initiative and its network have made substantial strides, therefore making this meeting in 2022 significant and essential for member states and partners of the network to take stock of what has been accomplished, build on lessons learned, and guide the strategic direction of the Initiative and its network.
Under the leadership of the EMT Strategic Advisory Group, the EMT Global Meeting 2022 will convene over 500 participants from over 100 countries and organizations. The event will provide the network an opportunity to define the milestones for a longer EMT strategy—EMT 2030. The main goal of EMT 2030 strategy will be to identify milestone that strengthen National EMT capacities as part of the global health emergency preparedness, response, and resilience (HEPR) architecture.
Key events planned as part of the Global Meeting include:
- A high-level roundtable discussion at the presence of WHO Director General, Regional Director of the WHO European Region, Ministers of Health and/or other senior governmental representatives, Intergovernmental organizations
- Meetings of the EMT regional groups across WHO’s six regions, as the main forum for Member States, EMTs and other stakeholders to drive regional implementation of the EMT Initiative
- Meetings on EMT emergency operations, standard setting, research, and capacity building.
- Consultations on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies.
- Exhibitions from EMTs, a first in the EMT Global Meeting
Four parallel streams will occur during the second and third days covering technical discussions, updates and presentations on key areas operationally relevant to EMTs including streams for experts from clinical, operational support, training, coordination, field operations and policy.