Media Advisory: COVID-19: Red Cross experts available for media interviews

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)