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MSF staff don personal protective equipment at the London COVID CARE Centre
20 May 2020 12:00

MSF UK webinar: Confronting COVID-19 in the UK and beyond

For the first time in the organisation's history, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is responding in the UK supporting a centre providing COVID-19 care to London’s homeless community.

Watch a live recording of the event:

Join us for this live online discussion to find out how we are tackling the evolving COVID-19 emergency, both in the UK and in more than 70 countries around the world.

On Wednesday 20 May, MSF UK Executive Director Vickie Hawkins welcomed MSF aid workers doctor Alan Pereira and doctor Natalie Roberts to answer your questions about the humanitarian impacts of COVID-19.

Alan is currently leading the MSF medical team working at the London COVID Care Centre for homeless people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Natalie is the Director of Studies for MSF's reflection centre and prior to that was the Head of Emergency Operations for MSF in Paris.  


Vickie Hawkins – Vickie started as Executive Director of MSF UK in 2014, but she began working for the movement more than 20 years ago. After three years in the Emergencies Department at Oxfam, Vickie joined MSF in 1998, working first as a financial coordinator in China and Pakistan. She went on to do successive assignments as Project Coordinator and Country Manager in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Vickie became Head of the Programmes Unit at MSF UK in 2005, leaving for an assignment again in 2011 as Deputy Country Manager in Myanmar.  

Dr Alan Pereira – Since completing his medical training at Goa Medical College, India, and a Master’s degree in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, USA, Alan has worked for MSF in several countries including India, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, Central African Republic and now the UK. He is also an international member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He currently works as the medical team leader for the MSF UK response at a centre providing COVID-19 care to London’s homeless community.

Dr Natalie Roberts – Natalie is an emergency doctor from the UK. She joined MSF in 2012 and is currently a Director of Studies at MSF’s Centre de Réflexion sur l'Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires (CRASH). Prior to that, she was the Head of Emergency Operations for MSF in Paris, coordinating emergency interventions around the world, notably the response to conflict, displacement and multiple epidemics in northeast Nigeria, and the response to Ebola, cholera and measles outbreaks in east Democratic Republic of Congo. During her time overseas with MSF, she worked mainly in emergency projects, including for 14 months in Syria, as well in conflicts in the Central African Republic, East Ukraine and Yemen, in Ethiopian camps for refugees from South Sudan, and twice for natural disasters in The Philippines.

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