Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
World Health Organization
"The real magic in a response is bringing national and international technical and operational capacities to bear with local knowledge, with local capacity, with local innovation. When you make those two things work together something very special happens."
“Even as we respond to disasters around the world, we must also work to prevent and prepare for them. That means building early warning systems in every country and engaging communities in understanding and managing the many different risks they face.”
"As we build forward better following COVID-19 and prepare for future emergencies, WHO is fully committed to empower community ownership, enhance participatory governance, rebuild trust in public health, and strengthen global solidarity. Let’s support and work with civil society."
“Investing in coalition-building and in bolstering CSO capacities in humanitarian response is a primary pillar in the COVID-19 pandemic response. We must continue to strive in positioning CSOs firmly in health agendas and to strengthen alliances and collaborative work in the areas of community engagement, governance and sustainability in light of COVID-19 response efforts, preparedness and readiness to future emergencies.”
"Without a collaboration with the civil society we will leave people behind."
“Community empowerment also means health authorities better understand communities and their needs.”
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