The World Health Organization estimates that nearly half of deaths and over a third of disability in low and middle income countries could be addressed by the implementation of effective emergency care. Many countries still have no, or very basic, first line pre-hospital and in hospital emergency care. This means that people suffer devastating impacts from road traffic accidents, workplace injury, infectious
illness, heart attacks, stroke and other common problems – things that would be quickly treated in Canada. As a result, people, often children or young adults in the prime of life, die or are debilitated, and not able to work and live a fulfilling and productive life. This also threatens the economic future of an individual, their family, and their community.
The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) is dedicated to changing this through leading the development of the highest quality of emergency medical care for all people, in all countries. A predominantly volunteer run organisation, IFEM is made up of emergency medicine professional organizations from 66 countries, from all regions around the world. IFEM comprises of a network of
emergency medicine specialist doctors who deliver emergency care in their own countries, and collaborate to improve emergency care
across the world through:
- Fostering relationships and knowledge sharing between global emergency care experts and local healthcare providers to fast track better emergency care.
- Advocating with governments and key influencers.
- Our members, developing and making freely available locally relevant education and standards in multiple languages.
- Rapidly harnessing and sharing clinical and health systems expertise.
- Leading the collaboration and networking among experts and those developing emergency care to support equality in service and care.
- Promoting the creation and growth of the specialty of emergency medicine.
IFEM was founded in 1991, with CAEP being a founding member. CAEP has maintained strong ties with IFEM, providing administrative and Communications support and through commitment to the work of IFEM in advancing emergency medicine internationally. Currently, the following CAEP members are part of the IFEM Leadership Group:
Professor James Ducharme, President
Dr Brian Holroyd, Board Member Regional Representative North America
Dr Atul Kapur, Chair Communications Committee
Dr Constance LeBlanc, Chair Continuous Professional Development Committee
Dr Eddy Lang, Chair Emergency Department Crowding and Access Block Taskforce
Dr Don Melady, Chair Geriatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group
Many more CAEP members contribute through committees, working groups, taskforces or networking at IFEM conferences and other events.
As a federation of grassroots emergency medicine organizations from countries and regions with mature and highly developed
emergency care systems, and systems in various stages of development or just starting out, IFEM has unique insight and reach into health
systems globally. Members are experts in all facets of emergency care, delivered in all environments, to all ages and types of patients. This
enables IFEM to rapidly harness expertise and draw global teams together to work on a project, or any emergency care challenge.
The positive impact IFEM has on people’s lives across the globe is only possible because of our members and volunteers who donate their
time, expertise, and resources. If you would like to get involved and play a critical role in advancing global emergency medical care, we
encourage you to get in touch. Your financial support will also play a critical role in scaling up the work IFEM does.