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On March 16, 2013, JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder, staff member Siran He and associated faculty, Courtland Robinson, attended the Third Annual Emergency Medicine Conference (AEMC) held at the Aga Khan University (AKU).  With approximately 300 medical professionals from around the world attending, the conference focused on emergency care for children in a country where a staggering one in 10 children die before the age of five.

Dr. Adnan Hyder presented “Why is Emergency Care for Children NOT on the Global Health Agenda?” during the opening plenary session, along with a presentation by Dr. Junaid Razzak, chair and associate professor at the AKU Department of Emergency Medicine (AKU-DEM) and longtime JH-IIRU collaborator. Dr. Razzak noted that one out of every four patients in emergency rooms is a child.

Dr. Courtland Robinson, who is the associate director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, chaired a session on injury prevention in public health, as well as participated in a plenary session on disaster preparedness.

The conference, ‘Emergency Care for Children,’ was jointly organized by the AKU-DEM and Johns Hopkins University-Pakistan Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program.  

AEMC group
Left to Right: Dr. Courtland Robinson, Siran He, Dr. Adnan Hyder

Hyder Razzak panel
Dr. Junaid Razzak (far left) and Dr. Adnan Hyder during a panel discussion.

Recently, JH-IIRU director, Adnan Hyder and associate director, Kent Stevens, along with International Health assistant professor and associate director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Studies, Courtland Robinson, traveled to Pakistan to participate in the Annual Emergency Medicine Conference (AEMC) at the Aga Khan University in Karachi.
The 2012 conference, “Emergency Medical Response in Disasters,” focused on medical response and community preparedness in natural and man-made disasters. Themes of the conference included foundations of disaster medical response, search and rescue operations, restoring health care systems, disaster research, and capacity development and use of technology for disaster medical response. The conference was designed to both examine issues from a Pakistani perspective and foster broader discussions on emergency response. This conference is co-organized by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Aga Khan University which is a WHO Collaborating Center for Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care.

Panel discussion with (L to R) Adnan Hyder and Courtland Robinson at the AEMC.

Adnan Hyder delivers a lecture at the AEMC.

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