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Award recognition for former Head of Red Cross Ebola Operations in Sierra Leone

21 September 2016

Stephen McAndrew, former Head of Ebola Operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), was today presented with an MBE for humanitarian services during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

The award was presented on Thursday September 22nd in Los Angeles, California by British Consul General Chris O’Conner OBE.

Stephen’s work in Sierra Leone involved leading a team of over 300 international staff and 3,000 volunteers to respond to the biggest Ebola outbreak to ever take place.

In partnership with the Sierra Leone Red Cross, the IFRC operation played a crucial role in bringing the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone to an end – spanning two Ebola treatment centres in Kenema and Kono, community education, contact tracing and psychosocial support services, and mobilizing over 500 safe and dignified burial team members for the deceased.

His career in emergency relief, which began as a US Peace Corp Volunteer in Central America in 1995, has seen him lead some of the IFRC’s biggest humanitarian responses in recent years including the Haiti earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the Nepal earthquake.

Originally from Philadelphia, Steve currently resides in Santa Monica, California and has recently returned from Greece where he was heading the IFRC’s response operation for refugees, which provides medical services, food, water, blankets, relief supplies, information and support with restoring family links.

“The Ebola response operation should give all us hope and inspiration, that the world still can work together, focus and solve problems when faced with a serious challenge. I accept this recognition on behalf of all the Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff who answered the call for help from all over the world and right in their own affected communities and villages, to stop Ebola.


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