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By Odita Sunday
20 June 2020   |   2:16 am
Ahmed Alameldeen is an Egyptian who graduated from Cairo University with a bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical sciences and a master's degree in international humanitarian affairs

Ahmed Alameldeen is an Egyptian who graduated from Cairo University with a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and a master’s degree in international humanitarian affairs from the University of York in the United Kingdom. He worked for the United Nations as a Humanitarian Aid worker, and previously for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and other humanitarian organizations.

With a decade of hands-on experience in the management of relief services to vital populations in hostile and dangerous places, he is an accomplished and dedicated international humanitarian professional. Fluent in English and Arabic, as well as a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian

In August 2014, in Liberia, he began working with the International Committee of the Red Cross in response to the Ebola virus in West Africa. he began his career as a pharmacist in the medical supplies department. Following Liberia, he spent a year in Nigeria, working in the medical supply department again, in response to the Lake Chad Crisis. This mission took place in Nigeria’s north-eastern region. After finishing his job in Nigeria, he changed departments to focus more on field operations and front-line negotiations, and this is when he began working in Iraq in September 2016.During his time with the ICRC, A broad exposure to a variety of initiatives enabled him to gain a true understanding of what is going on in the sector. This not only helped him develop a more empathic mindset, but it also assisted him in dealing with the actual issues.

In September 2016, he arrived in Iraq to manage the ICRC’s humanitarian field activities related to the Mosul Operation. He was in charge of front-line negotiations and humanitarian diplomacy to get access to areas stranded by military operations in order to aid humanitarian activities. During his time in Iraq, he did his best to deliver humanitarian aid to those who needed it the most during times of crisis.

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic in West Africa was declared in 2014, well before the Coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the most terrifying and long-running epidemics in the history of the disease, lasting more than 40 years. Liberia was the hardest hit, with various plans and methods being implemented to reduce the number of infections in the country. Ahmed Alameldeen was in charge of obtaining medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers treating Ebola patients.

Leishmaniasis, specifically cutaneous leishmaniasis, is one of the most commonly neglected tropical diseases impacting thousands of individuals in the Middle East. The Syrian crisis has resulted in a rise in population displacement and infrastructural degradation, producing ideal conditions for the spread of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) throughout the country.Then, as the Operations Office for the MENTOR initiative, he launched the Project in August 2013 to promote the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Syria. To protect people living in rural areas from insects, he provided long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and curtains (LLICs).

Moreover, Somalia was hit by all three disasters in 2010-2011, aggravated by the ongoing conflict between non-state entities and the government. The famine was Somalia’s worst in over 25 years, dating back to the country’s 1992 famine. Humanitarian workers including Ahmed and his team were dispatched to assist with the ongoing catastrophe. Ahmed was stationed in Mogadishu, Somalia, in a field surgical facility where he performed his duties as a Pharmacist and Field Coordinator. His team performed routine surgical surgeries on individuals who had been injured as a result of the conflict between the government and armed non-state actors.

Ahmed Alameldeen plays a vital role in limiting the impact, suffering and loss of life caused by crises. His Humanitarian actor’s set-up and run a range of projects aimed at meeting people’s basic needs and assisting recovery across all countries facing crisis and disasters.