Sean Casey ’04 wins the AIDEX Humanitarian Hero Award for 2015
November 19, 2015
We are delighted to report that alum Sean Casey ’04 has won the AIDEX Humanitarian Hero Award for 2015.
Sean Casey was the first person deployed by International Medical Corps to respond to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Since August 2014, under Casey’s leadership, International Medical Corps has cared for nearly 2,500 patients in its Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs) in Liberia and Sierra Leone, trained thousands of front-line Ebola responders, screened hundreds of thousands of individuals through its SRUs in the three most-affected countries, and provided ongoing support to hundreds of Ebola survivors. Today he serves as Regional Director managing the organisation’s Ebola response, recovery and ongoing preparedness efforts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mali.
In addition to Casey’s work on the Ebola response, he was also one of the first humanitarian responders to this year’s earthquake in Nepal, where he was taking a brief holiday when the quake hit. After surviving the initial quake while in the city of Bhaktapur, Casey immediately launched International Medical Corps’ response, quickly pulling together local medical and logistics volunteers to deploy Mobile Medical Units to the epicentre within hours of the quake.
Prior to his work in West Africa and Nepal, Casey has led responses to humanitarian emergencies in Ukraine (2014), the Philippines (2013/2014), Mali (2013), South Sudan (2012), and Haiti (2011/2012), among others. He has also worked on a number of human rights issues across the world, including support for survivors of torture in Iraq, child soldier reintegration in Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and sexual minority protections in places like Syria, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Congratulations Sean, we are very proud of you!