Red Cross strengthens partnerships as it looks toward recovery from Ebola

Published: 8 May 2015

Dakar, 8 May 2015 – On World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is urging all relevant agencies to work together in an effort to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

“We must scale up our efforts to reach zero Ebola cases, while also supporting affected communities to recover from the impacts of the disease. This is our collective and shared responsibility,” said Alasan Senghore, IFRC Director in Africa, during a partnership meeting hosted by IFRC in Dakar, Senegal.

“We need to work together to walk the extra mile to zero cases, which is the most difficult step, and concurrently manage a twin-track approach to address both response and recovery.”

It is a position echoed by the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr David Nabarro, who stressed that while the number of cases has dropped drastically, the outbreak is not yet over. “We should not let down our guard as there are still some unknown chains of transmission,” said Dr Nabarro.

The partnership meeting in Dakar is being attended by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from the affected countries and around the world, as well as partners including the United Nations, World Health Organization, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and donor governments.

The meeting is an opportunity to reinforce dialogue, strengthen partnerships and coordination, increase coherence and commitment between Red Cross Red Crescent partners, and to take stock of key issues that have occurred during the first year of responding to the Ebola outbreak.


“Strengthened coordination between government institutions, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and other partners, will allow efficient use of resources, build community resilience in a timely manner, and improve programming for future health emergencies,” said Mr Senghore.

As the partnership meeting concluded, participants paid tribute to the thousands of Red Cross volunteers and staff who continue to dedicate their time and efforts to containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

“We admire the courage and commitment they have displayed,” said Senghore. “Their brave humanitarian work to help communities affected by Ebola is an inspiring example of our Fundamental Principles in practice.”  

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is recognized every 8 May. This year, the theme is #ourprinciplesinaction, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Movement’s seven guiding Fundamental Principles. For more information, visit

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched 16 Ebola-related operations totalling more than 126 million Swiss francs, aimed at reaching 39 million people. For more information on Red Cross Ebola operations, visit

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For further information, please contact:

In Conakry:

  • Moustapha Diallo, Communications delegate, IFRC Guinea

Mobile: +221 77 450 10 04, E-mail:

In Accra:

  • Corinne Ambler, Regional communications coordinator, IFRC Ebola response

Mobile: +233 266 444 374, E-mail: 

In Addis Ababa:

  • Katherine Mueller, Communications manager, IFRC Africa

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