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Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre Annual Lecture 2022 with Dr Esperanza Martinez

In an era of compounded crises, what is the role of humanitarian action?

Dr Esperanza Martinez, ICRC
Dr Esperanza Martinez, ICRC

Please note that this event has now been postponed to Thursday 7 July 2022, 18:00 BST

The LSHTM Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre (HHCC) is pleased to host Dr Esperanza Martinez, a Senior Advisor to the Office of the Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to deliver this year’s HHCC Annual Lecture. During this event, Dr Martinez will address the question: “In an era of compounded crises, what is the role of humanitarian action?”

The world is facing an unprecedented number of simultaneous large-scale challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate changearmed conflict, and inequality. The impact of these challenges has been felt globally – but nowhere are the consequences more felt than in countries already impacted by a humanitarian crisis. 

As needs in these countries are increasing at a rapid pace, what role can humanitarian action play, and what are the key challenges for humanitarian actors? This lecture provides a multi-disciplinary perspective that encompasses action in the fields of healtheconomic securityprotection, and humanitarian diplomacy.


  • 18:00-18:45: Lecture at the Manson Lecture Theatre
  • 18:45-19:15: Q&A with in-person and online attendees
  • 19:15-20:00: Drinks reception at the South Courtyard Café


Dr Martinez is a Senior Advisor to the Office of the Director-General of ICRC in Geneva. She led the ICRC’s global response to the COVID-19 pandemic from early 2021 to March this year.  From 2015 to 2020, she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of humanitarian health services to populations affected by armed conflict in more than 80 countries.  

Dr Martinez is a medical doctor and general surgeon, trained in Colombia, and specialised in International Public Health and Health Management in Australia. Her more than 20-year career in the health sector includes over a decade of fieldwork, as well as work with UN agencies, government bodies, and the private sector. 

  • Please note that you can join this event in person or you can watch a live broadcast.
  • Please note that the recording link will be listed on this page when available. 


Free and open to all. No registration required.