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Live on Twitch: Confronting COVID-19 in the UK and beyond

12 pm | Wednesday 20 May 2020 | Live on Twitch

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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.

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 welcomes MSF aid workers doctor Alan Pereira and communications manager Daniella Ritzau-Reid to answer your questions about the humanitarian impacts of COVID-19.

This lunchtime stream will last 45 minutes from 12 pm, with time for questions towards the end of the discussion.

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

Daniella is currently based in Bangladesh, where the disease poses a significant threat to people living in the world’s largest refugee camp.


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.

Daniella Ritzau-Reid – Daniella has worked in humanitarian aid since 2011, starting with grassroots volunteering in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in operations with Save the Children. After emergency assignments in South Sudan and Myanmar, she fell in love with Myanmar and stayed for four years – as a freelance writer and researcher, and later with MSF in humanitarian affairs and advocacy. Daniella is passionate about finding ways to bear witness to crises and is now in Bangladesh as MSF's communications manager.

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