How can we practice travel medicine in a sustainable way in this changing world?
'Travel Medicine in a Changing Climate' was chosen to be the theme of this conference, recognizing the impact of travel on the environment, and how we must accommodate for these changes in our everyday work as travel medicine professionals. The changes in our earth's climate not only increases forced migratory travel, but has also an impact on vector-borne diseases and air-pollution related diseases. It is the responsibility of travel medicine professionals to promote sustainable travel and ecotourism, and render our travellers sensitive to environmental issues.
The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) promotes healthy, safe and responsible travel of all people crossing international borders. In cooperation with health care providers, academic centers, travel industry and media, ISTM advocates education, service, surveillance and research in travel medicine. ISTM is focused on illness and injury prevention, diagnostics, and therapeutics, with attention given to the understanding, impact and modification of environmental, behavioural, or host factors on travellers, migrants, and refugees.