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Tuesday, February 9 • 09:30 - 11:00
Risk and Emergency Communication in Humanitarian Settings

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This panel brings together UN agencies, civil society networks and practitioners, and government officials to discuss lessons learned and new efforts to strengthen social and behaviour change communication within the global architecture of emergency response. Attention will be paid to use of data and evidence, strengthening of local capacities, and improved coordination for better preparedness. Panelists will build on evaluations of large scale emergencies and humanitarian situations, including the recent Ebola crisis, with regards to evidence-based and people-centered communication strategies that seek to address social and behavioural drivers that increase vulnerability and risk. Speakers will include:
  • Mr. Samuel Hailu, Chief Expert, Health Education, Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia and Hanna Woldemeskel, C4D Specialist, UNICEF Ethiopia, Lessons from AWD preventions and response in Ethiopia: Implications for reaching diverse populations through C4D interventions
  • Sherine Guirguis, Senior Advisor, Polio C4D Unit, UNICEF HQ, The art and science of eradicating polio
  • Rafael Obregon, Chief, C4D, UNICEF NY / Savita Naqvi, Regional C4D Advisor, West and Central Africa Regional Office, UNICEF, Key lessons from the Ebola response and the role of communication in future emergencies
  • James Deane, Director of Policy and Learning, BBC Media Action / Rachel Houghton, Executive Director, Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities Network (CDAC), Communication in Emergencies: the potential and challenges of networking and evidence. 
  • Whitney Hostetter, Building Resilience in Darfur: Using the Care Group Model to Improve Nutrition and Hygiene Practices

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James Deane

Director, Policy and Learning, BBC Media Action
James Deane, United Kingdom, is the Director of Policy and Learning at BBC Media Action where he oversees the organisation’s research, technical assistance and policy activities. James has spent more than 30 years working in the field of media development. He was a founding member... Read More →

Whitney Hostetter

Health and Nutrition Program Manager, CRS

Tuesday February 9, 2016 09:30 - 11:00 EAT
Conference Room 1 United Nations Conference Centre