AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award announced
Sean Casey of International Medical Corps, a humanitarian nonprofit organisation, has been announced as the winner of the AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award, for his contribution to Ebola response efforts. The award aims to acknowledge the work done by individuals from the humanitarian and development aid community.
“I’m so grateful to all those from within the humanitarian community who voted for me,” said Casey (pictured above), upon receiving the award. “This means a lot because it comes from the people I worked with, my peers on the frontline of humanitarian response around the world.” Sean Casey was the first person deployed by International Medical Corps to respond to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Since then, under his leadership, International Medical Corps has cared for nearly 2,500 patients in its Ebola Treatment Centres in Liberia and Sierra Leone, trained thousands of front-line Ebola responders, screened hundreds of thousands of individuals in the three most-affected countries, and provided ongoing support to Ebola survivors. The AidEx Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award helps showcase the courageous and sometimes dangerous lengths people go to and the dedication they commit to their line of work, whether they are suppliers, NGOs, or members of governmental and development aid community. AidEx also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Claus Sørensen, Senior Adviser to the European Political Strategy Centre, and former Director-General of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department. Sørensen was recognised for his outstanding and long-lasting contributions to the aid and development community. “I think this award is a symbol of the deep empathy that people within the humanitarian community feel for each other,” said Sørensen. “I am extremely grateful for having been able to work with such people, whose main concern is to save lives, go to the most difficult places on the globe and do their best in the name of human solidarity.” AidEx is an international conference and exhibition for humanitarian and development professionals. Held annually in Brussels, it brings together different voices ranging from NGO fieldworkers, the public and private sectors, long-established thought leaders to brand new start-ups.
by Nick Michell
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