29 NOVEMBER 2023 | 08:00-09:00 EST / 13:00-14:00 BST / 15:00-16:00 EAT || Launch of a new report on progress toward locally-led outbreak readiness and response || Speakers: Degan Ali, Adeso; Jameel Abdo, Tamdeen Youth Foundation; Dr. Eba Pasha, Global Health Cluster; Dr. Alex Mutanganayi Yogolelo, Humanitarian Public Health Specialist (See full speaker bios below)
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The READY initiative invited the humanitarian health community to the launch of this new report: Why the delay? Perspectives of national and local actors on progress towards locally led outbreak readiness and response during a one-hour webinar on November 29th (08:00-09:00 EST / 13:00-14:00 BST / 15:00-16:00 EAT). The report is available as a 38-page PDF; a two-page brief is also available.
The paper, developed in collaboration with Anthrologica, consolidates local perspectives on actions needed to accelerate change for effective and meaningful locally-led action in preparing for and responding to major disease outbreaks in humanitarian settings, and to better respond to the holistic needs of affected populations.
The webinar was moderated by Adeso’s Executive Director Degan Aliand showcased an expert panel discussion between global and national humanitarian and public health experts and their reflections on localization challenges and proposed solutions to advance locally-led action in outbreak preparedness, readiness, and response efforts.
Featured expert moderator and panelists
- Moderator: Degan Ali, Executive Director, Adeso, Kenya
- Jameel Abdo, CEO, Tamdeen Youth Foundation,Yemen
- Dr. Eba Pasha, Technical Officer, Global Health Cluster
- Dr. Alex Mutanganayi Yogolelo, Humanitarian Public Health Specialist, Democratic Republic of Congo
This event was hosted by the READY initiative, led by Save the Children, and funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.
Degan Ali, Executive Director – Adeso (Moderator)
Degan Ali is an internationally-renowned humanitarian leader who has been at the forefront of shifting power for decades. She is a Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellow for Social Innovation, a contributor to the Overseas Development Institute/Humanitarian Policy Group and the Global Food Security Journal. Degan is also the co-founder of the first Global South civil society network for local and national humanitarian organizations, the Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR). She is an innovator, translating ground-breaking ideas into action, such as pioneering the first large-scale cash transfer, in 2003 in Somalia, leading the transition to global acceptance of cash assistance. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and The Guardian. Her key achievements include leading Adeso in pioneering cash transfers, establishing the 25% localization target as part of the Grand Bargain Commitment. She is based in Kenya and works with organizations and philanthropists across the globe, bringing together and identifying efforts to decolonize aid and philanthropy.
Jameel Abdo, CEO, Tamdeen Youth Foundation (Panelist)
Jameel Abdo has more than 22 years of experience in program and project management in the humanitarian and non-humanitarian fields and 15 years of experience in management positions. Jameel holds a Master’s in Project Management and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Jameel has more than seven years of leadership experience in humanitarian work, emergency response project management, economic recovery, peacebuilding, and local development. He thoroughly understands the humanitarian and social context and the needs of conflict-affected populations and groups in Yemen. Jameel is the CEO of the Tamdeen Youth Foundation, which leads the localization movement in Yemen. Jameel is working closely with ICVA, RSH, NEAR, and other national, regional, and global platforms. Jameel is a member of the NEAR Leadership Council and member of Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG).
Dr. Eba Pasha, Technical Officer, Global Health Cluster (Panelist)
Dr. Eba Pasha is a global public health specialist and emergency medicine doctor with over 20 years’ experience working in humanitarian crises, health emergencies, health system strengthening and coordination in fragile, conflict or low-income countries. She is technical officer for the Global Health Cluster (GHC) supporting developing and implementing its strategy for localization, as well as lead for the COVID-19 Task Team which with 30 partners produced, tools guidance, advocacy, as well as lessons learned studies on COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings. Dr Pasha has worked with a variety of organizations from local to international NGOs, the UN, and donors. She is also co-founder and director of a small NGO working in rural flood prone areas of Bangladesh, her country of heritage, focusing on women’s empowerment activities, health care including CEmONC, children’s education and often the primary and only responder in disasters. She has technical expertise in coordination and consensus building, developing minimum standards in humanitarian response, strategy development, qualitative and quantitative research, monitoring and evaluation.
Dr. Alex Mutanganayi Yogolelo, Humanitarian Public Health Specialist (Panelist)
Dr. Alex Mutanganayi Yogolelo is a committed humanitarian actor with a developed skill for strategic reflection, critical analysis and leadership skills that can be utilized in some of the most challenging and complex environments around the world. Dr. Alex’s areas of expertise include the development and management of a humanitarian response, supporting the implementation of a multi sector program by providing an overall strategic oversight to the program portfolio, and ensuring programs are delivered to the appropriate scale, scope, quality, and accountability expected. Dr. Alex started his career in different local Congolese NGOs as a health advisor and worked as a medical doctor in various hospitals in and outside of DRC. He joined Save the Children International (SCI) in October 2014 to respond to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. From August 2018 up to March 2020, Dr. Alex was the SCI Ebola clinical lead and deputy team leader program in Grand Nord Kivu based in Beni, DRC and joined Kinshasa in April 2020 to support the COVID-19 response as the response team lead.
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