Elhadj As Sy is the chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. Prior to that, Sy assumed the role of secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He has extensive experience in leadership roles in the humanitarian sector, having previously served at a senior level with UNICEF, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other agencies for more than 25 years.
Access to sanitation and hygiene is a basic human right and the foundation of health equity. Hind Khatib-Othman and Elhadj As Sy explain why it’s time to turn rhetoric into long-term, community-based solutions through commitments to the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund.
In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak, the world’s capacity to prepare and respond to major health threats was described as “woefully insufficient.” Yet, despite major post-Ebola reforms, our vulnerability to these threats remains unacceptably high. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Elhadj As Sy explains why this lies in early detection and rapid response, and why communities are at the heart of renewed efforts.
Two weeks ago, nine Red Cross volunteers were gunned down in the Central African Republic. On World Humanitarian Day, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Secretary General Elhadj As Sy reflects on the responsibility of ensuring humanitarian security.
How can we meet the growing needs of those in need of humanitarian assistance? We must use the resources available to strengthen resilience and to leave communities better prepared, writes Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in this guest column.
Aid agencies must blend life and death concern over imminent threats with approaches that make people more secure over the long term, write Sven Mollekleiv, president of the Norwegian Red Cross, and Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as humanitarians gather for a global conference in Oslo.