The 37 participants from 17 countries have landed and are operating at the Camillian Pastoral Care Centre in Thailand for the annual meeting. Brazil, Haiti, Poland, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Benin, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Uganda, the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Thailand and Australia are united around this year’s theme: ‘Onwards in building eCon-resilient vulnerable communities’.
The opening of the conference took place on Monday 13 November with the Holy Mass and presentation of the week’s intensive and participatory programme: workshops, training and sharing of country reports from CADIS activities. The discussion will also involve partners who have become part of the Foundation over the years and are building an important link to reach as many people as possible through structured programs and activities led by teams of professionals.
During the first day of the discussions (14 November), Dr. Pretesh Kiran gave a workshop on ‘Disaster Preparedness and Resilience (DPR)’. An associate professor at St. John’s Medical College at the Department of Community Health in Bengaluru, India, he specializes in research, preventive and promotive health, health education, disaster preparedness and medical rehabilitation, medical education, peer education and social audit.