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Sean Casey

Sean Casey

Health Cluster Coordinator, Pacific, World Health Organization (Fiji)

Sean Casey currently serves as the Health Cluster Coordinator for the Pacific with the World Health Organization (WHO). In this role, Casey is responsible for WHO's emergency preparedness and response capacity for 21 countries and territories across the Pacific - the most disaster-prone region of the world, and one of the regions most affected by climate change. Immediately prior to his current role, Casey served as Trauma Coordinator for the WHO in Iraq – coordinating emergency medical care, referrals and follow-up for conflict-related care in Mosul and other areas as coalition forces advance against ISIS. Prior to joining the WHO, Casey worked in a number of roles with humanitarian NGO International Medical Corps. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director/Acting Director of IMC's Emergency Response Unit, leading emergency preparedness and response efforts across the agency.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Casey is a seasoned humanitarian, having worked on previous emergencies in West Africa (2014-2015), Ukraine (2014), the Philippines (2013/2014), Mali (2013), South Sudan (2012), and Haiti (2011/2012), among others. In April 2015, Casey was in Nepal when the 7.8 earthquake struck. Casey mobilized medical teams within the next 48 hours and acted as Team Leader for the earthquake response for the next month. Casey led International Medical Corps' Ebola response in West Africa in 2014-2015, and has worked on several other infectious disease outbreaks, including HIV/AIDS in Africa (Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan), Cholera in Haiti, and Hepatitis E in South Sudan. In addition to humanitarian response, Casey has worked extensively on human rights and health, including: LGBT rights and protections in Africa, Asia and the Middle East; post-conflict mental health in Iraq, Jordan and Sri Lanka; child protection in Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sri Lanka and Burundi; and economic empowerment in Haiti, Burundi and Sri Lanka. Casey holds a B.A. in International Communications from the American University of Paris and an MPhil in HIV/AIDS and Society from the University of Cape Town. Casey has lived in eleven countries and worked in more than twenty others. He speaks French, Spanish and Haitian Creole.