PODCAST: COVID-19 forces relief rethink at world’s largest humanitarian hub
International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, the world’s largest humanitarian hub with some 135,000 square metres of warehouse space, has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, medical supplies far outstrip other emergency items stored at IHC, in terms of volume and dollar value, and the amount of material held at the hub has grown exponentially in the last few years.
But the pandemic has provided hard-earned lessons for those in charge, with CEO Guiseppe Saba calling for changes to ensure that the humanitarian sector responds better to the next global emergency.
Conor Lennon from UN News went to the IHC for the latest episode of The Lid Is On, to speak to some of those responsible for getting desperately needed supplies to those who need them, as quickly as possible.