Over 20 years’ experience with the Red Cross Movement with health psychology and community based psychosocial interventions in development and humanitarian settings. Represents IFRC in various international committees and advisory groups and heads the global IFRC Reference Center for Psychological Support that provides technical support, capacity building, knowledge management and communication, and advocacy for 191 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Centre is currently involved in the response to the migration crisis, support to Yemen, Libya, Syria, Rakhine crisis etc.
The PS Centre was founded in 1993 to assist the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. It’s mandate is to help create awareness regarding psychosocial reactions in crisis, improve preparedness and response mechanisms, restore community networks and coping, promote emotional resilience and enhance care of staff and volunteers. Areas of expertise include: Psychosocial support in disasters, conflicts and protracted crisis, communication and dissemination, development of training material for psychosocial support.s a British epidemiologist and academic. He was the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from 2001 to 2010. He has been a member of a number of major international and national committees including the MRC Global Health Group (chair) and the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. He chaired the Lancet/Rockefeller Foundation Commission on Planetary Health, which was set up to assess the potential implications for health of multiple interacting environmental changes affecting the Earth’s ‘essential life support systems’. He was also a lead author on health on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the second and third assessment reports and review editor for the health chapter in fifth assessment report. His current research is on global environmental change and health. He currently co-chairs the European Academies Science Advisory Council’s working group on climate change and health.