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Current Officers

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Vladimir Krcmery

J Benca


Juraj Benca


Nasir Jalili


Peri Haj Ali

All Members

Maria Jackulikova (Greece)
George Jirina Kafkova (Sierre Leone)
Daria Kimuli (Kenya)
Andrea Shahum (USA)
Thomas Simonek (Czech Republic)
Jose Suvada (Lebanon)
Alex Topolska (Yemen)

How to Join

ISAC Working Groups are open to new members with a strong interest and relevant experience in the given field. To join an ISAC Working Group, please contact Fee Johnstone, ISAC Executive Officer with your name and a brief C.V. We welcome new members!

Aims and Objectives

There are very little data and no prospective research possible in the field of disaster medicine, including infectious diseases. “Unpredictability” is an inherent element of a disaster situation. After World War II, the illusion of world peace disappeared five years later with the Korean War when, for the first time, biological weapons were officially used on insects and rats infected with bubonic plague. Thus, both anthropogenic and natural disasters belong to everyday life. Medical conditions related to these unexpected events are different:

  • Affects masses of patients (population)
  • Appear unexpectedly
  • Public and health sectors are unprepared

Medical consequences of disasters are i) immediate, ii) consequential or iii) late and may be apparent or latent (1,2). Infectious diseases belong to ii) and iii).  For further information, click here.

The aims of the Working Group are:

  • Investigate infectious disease (surveillance), antibiotic practices and resistance development in areas of natural disasters, catastrophes and conflicts
  • Summarize results of data on infectious disease, etiology and antimicrobial resistance from affected areas, respond with control measures
  • Educate doctors, nurses and MPHs to prepare on epidemics in areas of disasters


Nov 2019 Working Group symposium on infectious disease in migrants / refugees at 31st ICC - 4th GCCMID in Dubai
Oct 2019 Working Group workshop during SEEC in Montenegro, Budwa
29-30 Nov 2017 Symposium on Migrant Crisis Worldwide at the 30th ICC in Taipei, Taiwan
12-14 Oct 2017 Symposium on Refugee and Migrant Health in Durres, Albania
11-14 Oct 2016 Symposium on Catastrophies - Refugee Balkan Crisis in Sibiu, Romania
13-15 Nov 2015 Symposium on Infectious Diseases References at the 6th SEEC, Thessaloniki, Greece
17-19 Oct 2014 Symposium on Infections in Migrants at the South European Congress of Chemotherapy, Bled, Slovenia 
1-4 April 2014 Symposium on Infectious Diseases in Refugees at the 16th International Congress of Infectious Diseases, Cape Town 
6-9 June 2013 Symposium for the 28th ICC in Yokohama, Japan
8-11 Nov 2012 Symposium at the 3rd SEEC in Dubrovnik, Croatia
3-6 Nov 2011 Symposium at the 2nd SEEC in Belgrade, Serbia
6-9 May 2010 Symposium at the 1st SEEC in Varna, Bulgaria

Ongoing / Future Activities

ID in Refugees to Lesbos UNHCR centre
ID in Migrants via Balcan Route
ID in Orphans in SS Africa and SE Asia
Working Group meetings at ECCMID 2020 and 11th SEEC Bratislava, October 2020 **Cancelled due to COVID-19**
Working Group symposium at 11th SEEC on TB screening in migrants **Cancelled due to COVID-19**


Last updated: December 14th-2020