Invitation to Colleagues

Dear Colleagues and Friends;

It is my honor and pleasure to invite you to the First Research Conference of World Society of Disaster Nursing in Kobe, Japan from Jan. 9 and 10, 2010 which is held under the auspices of the Japan Society of Disaster Nursing.

The World Society of Disaster Nursing (WSDN) was inaugurated on January 22, 2008 in Kobe, the founding members comprising 40 organizations from seven countries (Japan, China, Korea, United Kingdom, Thailand, Indonesia and the United States). WSDN aims to contribute to the health and welfare of people through promotion of international academic exchanges and collaborative research of disaster nursing, and systematization of disaster nursing knowledge and practice.

Almost every day, we hear the news of natural or man-made disasters including conflicts or war, which severely affects people’s life and health. In 2005 alone, more than 157 million people were affected by natural events worldwide, many of which occurred in Asia and the Pacific areas. Whenever and wherever disaster occurs, nurses are at the frontline to save human lives and help victims for surviving and recovering from the damages. Nurses are also working in the field of risk reduction and disaster preparedness in the world.

Experience and knowledge related to the disaster nursing have been increasingly accumulated in recent years. Research projects on this area have been going on in the world and the networks of disaster nursing have developed. Let us share the experience and knowledge and also with other professionals and develop the plans of collaborative works and network in the 1st Research Conference of WSDN This conference is held in Kobe where the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake took the lives of more than 6,400 people in 1995 but has very rapidly restored from the damages. It is the place where the Japan Society of Disaster Nursing was created in 1998.

Kobe is blessed with various attractive sightseeing resources such as rich natural environments with the mountains, inland sea, exotic townscapes, and hot springs.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the conference, I cordially invite you to this special occasion and look forward to seeing you in Kobe, Japan.


Hiroko Minami, MPH, DNSc

Chair, 1st Research Conference of WSDN.