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Geneva, Beirut, Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, Panama, 6 May, 2020 –Red Cross Red Crescent experts are available to discuss our COVID-19 response efforts and the impact of the crisis across the globe.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent has scaled up its COVID-19 response across every region to prevent transmission of the virus, help communities already affected by the outbreak to maintain access to basic social services, and reduce the economic, social and psychological impact on people.

Available experts and languages spoken include:


  • Pascale Meige, Director of Disasters & Crisis (English, French)
  • Dr Emanuele Capobianco, Head of Health & Care (English, Italian, Portuguese)
  • Gwendolen Eamer, Health Emergencies Officer (English, French)

 Africa Regional Office:

  • Dr Adeiza Ben Adinoyi, Head, Health and Care, (English, French)
  • Jamie LeSueur, Regional Head of Emergency Operations (English, French)

Americas Regional Office:

  • Walter Cotte, Regional Director (English and Spanish)
  • Maria Tallarico, Head of the Regional Health (English, Spanish)
  • Jono Anzalone, Head of the Disaster and Crisis Response (English, Spanish)

Asia Pacific Regional Office:

  • Dr Abishek Rimal, Emergency Health Coordinator (English, Hindi, Nepali)
  • John Fleming, Head of Asia Pacific Regional Health Unit (English, Spanish)
  • Ezekiel Simperingham, Asia Pacific Migration and Displacement Coordinator (English)
  • Viviane Fluck, Regional Coordinator, Community Engagement and Accountability (English, German)

Europe Regional Office: 

  • Elkhan Rahimov, Regional Director a.i. (English, Russian, Azerbaijani and Turkish)
  • Seija Tyrninoksa, Deputy Regional Director a.i. (Finnish, English)
  • Dr Davron Mukhamadiev, Regional Health and Care Coordinator (English, Russian, Farsi)
  • Birthe Lundgaard Solevad, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Delegate (English, Danish)

Middle East & North Africa Regional Office: 

Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi, Regional Director (English, Arabic)


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Media contacts

In Geneva: Laura Ngô-Fontaine, +41 79 570 4418,

Katie Wilkes, Whatsapp: +1 (312) 952-2270,

In Beirut: Rana Sidani Cassou. +961 71 802 779,

Nicole Robicheau, +1-514-663-0252,

In Budapest: Corinne Ambler +36 704 306 506,

Caroline Haga, +358 40 668 3664, Whatsapp: +358 50 598 0500,

In Kuala Lumpur: Ellie Van Baaren, +60 12 230 8451,
Joe Cropp, +61 491 743 089,

In Nairobi: Euloge Ishmwe, +254 731 688 613,

Stephen Ryan, +353 85 725 4114,

In Panama: Diana Medina, +507 6780 5395,

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