Tackling Humanitarian Crises in Time: Lessons from the West Africa Ebola Responses
Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Chair: Bob Dewar, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
The humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has sought to prevent further infections, scale up treatment, dispel myths and reduce stigma. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been central to these efforts in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, and has created preparedness plans of action for neighbouring states.
In his first UK address as secretary general of the IFRC, Elhadj As Sy will set out his vision for IFRC's critical response to emergencies through its 189 national societies. He will also reflect on what organizations can do to help communities to better prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters, in a changing humanitarian landscape.