Geneva, Beirut, Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, 27 February 2020 – The Red Cross and Red Crescent is scaling up COVID-19 programmes 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.

Red Cross Red Crescent experts are available to discuss our COVID-19 response efforts in priority and affected countries.

Our experts can highlight some of the concrete measures that individuals and local communities can take to protect themselves and prevent further transmission of COVID-19. They can also explain the importance of sharing accurate information and addressing fear, discrimination and stigma–all of which increase the spread of disease and have a negative impact on COVID-19 response efforts.

Available experts and languages spoken include:

IFRC Geneva: 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)

Americas Regional Office: 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 Oyungerel Amgaa, Head of Health (English, Mongolian, Russian)
Dr Abishek Rimal, Emergency Health Coordinator (English, Hindi, Nepali)

Dr Merete Storgaard, Emergency Health Officer (Danish, English)

Europe Regional Office: Seija Tyrninoksa, Deputy Regional Director a.i. (Finnish, English)

Middle East & North Africa Regional Office: Dr Ayman Jarboui, Head of Health (English, Arabic)

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Media contacts

In Geneva: Laura Ngô-Fontaine, +41 79 570 4418, laura.ngofontaine@ifrc.org

In Beirut: Rana Sidani Cassou. +961 71 802 779, rana.cassou@ifrc.org

In Budapest: Corinne Ambler +36 704 306 506, corinne.ambler@ifrc.org

In Kuala Lumpur: Caroline Haga, +86 138 1040 8964, communication.beijing@ifrc.org

In Nairobi: Euloge Ishmwe, +254 731 688 613, euloge.ishimwe@ifrc.org

In Panama: Diana Medina, +507 6780 5395, diana.medina@ifrc.org

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