Panu Saaristo

Emergency Health Coordinator, IFRC

Mr Panu Saaristo (CRNA, MSc Disaster Relief Healthcare). Mr Saaristo is the Emergency Health Coordinator at the Geneva Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In that role he oversees the emergency health work of the largest humanitarian organisation in the world, spanning the spectrum from preparedness to emergency response.

Mr Saaristo has held different field positions with the IFRC since 2006, mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean. He was the field coordinator of the emergency health response of the International Red Cross movement after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Mr Saaristo is a frequent lecturer in trainings for National Red Cross Societies’ emergency health staff and public health students in various universities, and has given presentations in global events including WCDEM and ICN Congress).