Webinar on COVID-19: Ask The Experts - Part 7 I 20th May I 2 PM

18 May 2020

Webinar on COVID-19: Ask The Experts - Part 7 I 20th May I 2 PM

Topic: Building Bridges | Engaging Communities During the Pandemic and Beyond

Date & Time: 20 May 2020 | 2 pm IST

A public health crisis, such as the one we are currently witnessing, has brought to fore the tragic realities affecting vulnerable communities across the globe. Effective and timely communication of the crisis to the affected communities and to the wider public is important for building trust and for mobilizing these communities, especially when the world is still looking for a preventive/ therapeutic solution. In the 7th webinar in our ‘COVID-19: Ask the Experts’ series, we will discuss the role and importance of community participation in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar will broadly cover the following topics:

  • Community engagement strategies that we could apply during and after the epidemic, specially to empower and protect vulnerable populations. Lessons from HIV and other pandemics
  • Building meaningful relationships between communities and health care providers
  • Engaging communities in research during/post-COVID-19 - what are some unique challenges we see emerging?

Our Speakers:

Prashanth N Srinivas is a medical doctor and public health researcher with research interests in health inequities (particularly tribal health), social determinants of health, OneHealth and mental health in primary health care. He has set up a public health research field station in the BRT Tiger Reserve in southern Karnataka. Through a fellowship from DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, he has set up collaborations to examine health inequities in indigenous communities in multiple remote forested locations in southern, central and northeast India. As a governance member of the Emerging Voices for Global Health, he is active in promoting a southern/LMIC-led leadership in global health research.

Meena Seshu is founder and secretary general of Sampada Grameen Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM), an HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and support organization working with socially marginalized populations in Maharashtra State, India. In addition to educating the general public about HIV/AIDS, SANGRAM targets sex workers and other vulnerable populations at risk of HIV/AIDS infection to improve their health, build their capacity to negotiate for safer sex, and support them in asserting and defending their rights. Seshu’s outstanding work with SANGRAM led Human Rights Watch to honor her in 2002 with the Human Rights Award, their highest recognition.

Yvette Alta Raphael is a consummate leader in the fight against HIV. As someone who has been living with the virus for over 19 years, she has experienced first-hand what HIV stigma, insufficient prevention education, and reduced access to healthcare can do. Yvett has spoken around the globe including several International AIDS Conferences to advise researchers, advocates, and policy makers on how to best win the war against HIV and AIDS. Her passion has been to improve the health outcomes for young women and girls, but her trusted expertise has also been lent to developing policies at the work place and to create better, more efficient structures to utilize the available governmental resources to End AIDS. Ms. Raphael is a trusted globally renowned advocate on effective and efficient education to the community regarding new and developing research for medications that treat and/or prevent HIV.

Vivek Anand is the Chief Executive Officer of The Humsafar Trust (HST) which is India’s first Community Based Organization of LGBTQ+ communities. He is responsible for overall implementation of the four key verticals of HST that include HIV prevention, care and support and treatment, research, capacity building and advocacy. He has been responsible for Institutionalizing organizational capacities and these systems are considered as model practices in community-based settings.

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COVID-19: Ask the Expert Webinar Series

In our first webinar in this series, Gagandeep Kang, Director, THSTI, Faridabad and Shahid Jameel, CEO, DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance were on board as our experts to bust myths on the new coronavirus and share latest scientific and health-related information on COVID-19. Watch this webinar HERE. Read edited excerpts of the webinar HERE.

In Part 2 of this webinar series, Shahid Jameel and Anant Bhan, Bioethics and Global Health expert, answered questions on virology and bioethics. To know what they talked about, watch the webinar HERE. Read edited excerpts of the webinar HERE and HERE.

In Part 3 of this webinar series, Gagandeep Kang and Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology, Ashoka University, Sonipat, answered questions on virology of  the new coronavirus, COVID-19 prediction models, vaccine R&D, research opportunities and bioethics. To know what they talked about, watch the webinar HERE.

In Part 4 of this webinar series, Soumitra Pathare, Ida Jooste and Padma Priya DVL discussed the role of language during a pandemic. Watch the webinar HERE. Read edited excerpts of the webinar HERE.

In Part 5 of this webinar series, Yogesh Kalkonde, Gautam Bhan and Divya Varma discussed the impact of COVID-19 on those on the fringes of healthcare. To learn about the urban and rural perspectives that they brought together, watch the webinar HERE.

In Part 6 of this webinar series, Shahid Jameel, Gagandeep Kang and Jacob John revisited the research progress on COVID-19, current and future course of the pandemic. Watch the webinar HERE. Read excerpts from the webinar in Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.

Our experts answer your pressing questions after the webinar too. Find responses to some FAQs from previous webinars HERE (bit.ly/COVID19WebinarQnA).

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