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Header photo: RedR Australia deployee Sarah Forbes with the UNICEF Country Representative Jonathan Veitch, Operations Manager Karim Seini, and Logistics Assistant Bosco Dagama, outside a UNICEF warehouse in Wau, South Sudan.

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RedR's Ebola Crisis Response

In November the Australian Government announced a $2 million grant for RedR Australia's response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The grant has already made a big impact, with RedR sending personnel into the field and running pre-deployment training for Ebola responders.

Our first RedR expert to be sent to the field was Emma Kettle, RedR's Programme Manager - International Emergency Response. Emma was deployed to the World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters in Geneva to take on the role of Regional Training Coordinator for the Ebola response. She was recently in Accra, Ghana, where she was coordinating the roll out of WHO training.

Also part of RedR's Ebola response are: Natascha Hryckow, WHO training coordinator in Conakry, Guinea; Kristy Murtagh, WHO Training Officer in Accra, Ghana; and Debbie Arneman, WFP Logistics Specialist in Monrovia, Liberia. These RedR Australia professionals are the first in a targeted and ongoing contribution to the public health and humanitarian emergency which has devastated West Africa.

More RedR deployees will be heading to West Africa in the short-term, with over 60 of our register members identifying themselves as available and willing to deploy. These professionals come from a range of fields such as engineering, humanitarian affairs, public health, logistics, child protection, information communication technology, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

In addition to this aspect of the response, we are also providing support to the UN in the form of experts to back-fill roles in the Indo-Pacific. Information Communication Technology Specialist, Khurrum Suhaib, is deployed in East Timor for three months to assist the national ICT team with capacity development.

Alongside our crucial deployments to Ebola-affected regions, RedR has developed and delivered one of the first Ebola-specific pre-deployment training courses in Australia. The course was created in collaboration with Charles Darwin University (CDU), the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), the Burnet Institute and the Mandala Foundation to boost international capacity to support the ongoing Ebola response. The first in a series of courses was held in Darwin from the 29th of November to the 1st of December and attended by 24 epidemiologists and public health specialists from WHO and GOARN who come from Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Geneva and Japan. These participants were identified by WHO and GOARN for immediate field deployments to West Africa. The first of the group deployed on the final evening of the course.

RedR will continue to run training, and prepare and deploy technical experts to take on roles in Ebola-affected countries. We are also running an Ebola Crisis Appeal to raise further funds to send more of our RedR professionals into West Africa. To donate please visit:

Faces of RedR Australia

Want to know how it feels to be a RedR Australia deployee? Wondering how our deployees got on to the register and what they were doing before? Visit RedR Australia's YouTube page to see our latest videos.

RedR representative meets Minister for Foreign Affairs

On the 26th of November RedR's David Suder attended a reception held in Canberra in honour of the Diplomatic Corps. David updated Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, on RedR's recent activities and the first stages of our Ebola response.  


CEO Kirsten Sayers presents at RedR UK AGM

Last month Kirsten Sayers provided an update on RedR Australia's activities, challenges and successes over the past year at RedR UK's Annual General Meeting. The International RedR family has had a strong focus on collaboration throughout the year and will continue to move forward together through events such as this one. Here Kirsten is pictured with RedR UK CEO Martin McCann in front of the Brunel Room at the British Institute of Civil Engineers during RedR UK's AGM.

From the office

Great response for Cert IV TAE

RedR is proud to announce the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment has had an overwhelming response and now has 30 participants heading to Dookie in February 2015. Due to popular demand, we will be scheduling additional courses on various dates in 2015. In order to do this we need to hear from you about when you could attend the course and your preferred location. Please register your interest by emailing the RTO team at or calling on 03 9329 1357. To find out more about this unique course visit our website

Training collaboration with RedR Malaysia

RedR Australia's Paul Bolger and Dale Potter assisted by Drasko Kraguljac, took part in the delivery of RedR Malaysia’s combined EHP-PSC course in Kuala Lumpur, from the 24th to the 29th November. The course was attended by 30 participants from various government agencies and NGOs. The RedR trainers took this opportunity to discuss cooperation with colleagues in RedR Malaysia. They explored the possibility of getting some of their members onto the RedR Australia register as well as assisting them with requirements for setting up their own register of emergency responders.      

RedR's Associate Trainer, Dale Potter, presenting on Sphere standards and stress management.

Happy holidays!

On behalf of all the staff at the RedR office in Melbourne, we wish you a very happy holiday season and a joyful and productive new year! Please note, our office will be closed from the 25th of December (Christmas Day) and will reopen on Monday the 5th of January.

From the field

Communities after Typhoon Haiyan

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Sutapa Kabir Howlader found herself faced with a community which had lost millions of homes, and thousands of lives. As an Inter-agency Coordinator for Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), and Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Sutapa was responsible for giving a voice to the people afflicted by the tropical storms. Find out more about Sutapa's deployment, Click Here.

Water arriving in an IDP camp in Zambonaga city after a three day wait. Sutapa was doing a site visit to the camp to talk to community members.

Somali women in education

Katherine Sciglitano has recently returned from Somalia, where she worked as an Education Specialist for UNICEF in Puntland. During her six month deployment, Katherine's work made a significant impact on the education sector in the region. In particular, she was involved in ensuring 56 female teachers from remote areas were successfully trained in delivering primary school education. Click Here to read more about Katherine's work in Somalia, .

Communications in Gaza

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a very important role in the emergency response in Gaza, occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). RedR deployee Wendy Bruere was recently tasked with shining a spotlight on that role through her work as Media and Communications Officer. For more information on Wendy's deployment, Click Here.

Signs of devastation in Gaza.

Current field activity
25 in the field specialising in:

  • training coordination (ebola response)
  • emergency response coordination
  • information communication technology
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • communications with communities
  • protection
  • humanitarian affairs
  • supply
  • food security
  • child protection
  • shelter
  • media and communications
  • water, sanitation and hygiene
  • information management
  • emergency health and nutrition
  • emergency preparedness

in 19 countries:

East Timor

Jordan (for Syria)
Lebanon (for Syria)

North Korea
Occupied Palestinian Territories
South Sudan
Switzerland (HQ)


Upcoming training courses

Essentials of Humanitarian Practice
12 - 17 February
16 - 21 April

Personal Security & Communications
19 - 22 February
23 - 26 April
Certificate IV Training and Assessment
5 – 10 February

Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies
16 – 21 March

Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in Emergencies
12 – 18 October

Media and other events

10 years on: boxing day tsunami
On boxing day in 2004, the third largest earthquake ever recorded caused devastating tsunamis to rip through the Indian Ocean, leaving casualties in 14 countries. These tsunamis killed 275,000 people and tore apart the homes and lives of millions more. As soon as the emergency struck, RedR Australia mobilised our people to contribute to the humanitarian response.

Six of our logisticians were on the ground in Indonesia by the first week in January, and many more followed. Throughout the response, RedR supported 86 deployments to areas such as Indonesia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. These deployments covered areas such as engineering, logistics, communications, site planning, project management, health and water, sanitation and hygiene.

This boxing day is not just a time for family and fun, it is also a time to reflect on the effects of this devastating event. Over the past decade RedR has continued to develop its presence as a respected humanitarian organisation throughout the Indo-Pacific region. When our neighbouring countries experience natural disasters or conflict, we will continue to be there to provide skilled professional workers.

RedR Deployees meeting in Gunungsitoli on Nias Island in 2006. L-R: John Cindric, Rick Haughton, Dael Allison, David Adams, Jo O'Brien, Gavin Richardson and Keith Swann.

Stories of Ebola in Liberia
Recently RedR register member Carly Learson deployed with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to Liberia as a media officer. She was there as part of the response to the ongoing Ebola crisis. You can read some of the stories of Ebola in Liberia here.

Link Festival
Link festival is Australia's premier design for social change event. This festival will bring together engineers, architects, designers, international development professionals and anyone with a passion for design as an approach to social change. RedR will be a partner for the event which is an Engineers without Borders (EWB) initiative and will be held from the 16th to the 17th of February. Currently the organisers are seeking volunteers to help develop the festival to it's full potential. If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who might be Click Here.

Donate to our Ebola Appeal

The Ebola crisis has devastated communities across West Africa. It is not just a public health emergency, it is a humanitarian crisis which requires support from many aspects such as logistics, education, psychosocial and communications. We are running an Ebola crisis appeal to help us raise money to send more of our RedR experts into West Africa. Please donate generously, visit: or click the donate button below.

We also invite new corporate partners to join us in our humanitarian work. Partners support our work in a variety of ways: through sponsorship, technical expertise and advice, and volunteer engagement. Contact Pippa Haughton for more information on how your organisation can help us make a difference.
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RedR Australia gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian and UK Governments.

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