05 November 2020 - 05 November 2020

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response: The Evolving Role of Satellites

Resilient communications are mission-critical for governments and their partnering organisations working in humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) environments.

While the greatest disaster the world currently faces is undoubtedly the COVID-19 pandemic, other emergencies have not gone away. A plague of locusts has been consuming its way across eastern Africa, the Arabia peninsula, and south Asia; and Super Cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in Bangladesh and north eastern India. These disasters in particular have exacerbated both the prevalence and the effects of the pandemic as infection takes hold in lower income countries without robust health systems, and leads to delays in mass immunisation programmes against diseases like measles and rubella.

It is clear that the quickly deployable capabilities of satellites – the technology, the applications and the services – are at the mission-critical core in the organisation and delivery of humanitarian aid by the various agencies of the UN.

This webinar, hosted by satellite industry non-profit association GVF, will explore the role of satellite communications in HADR. On the panel is James Cemmell, Inmarsat Vice President, Government Engagement, who will talk about Inmarsat’s work in the Philippines to improve national disaster response as part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme.

Register here for the event at 15:00 GMT.