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Curbing COVID-19 in developing countries
Managing COVID-19 has proven to be extremely challenging for hospitals and health systems. The IHF is hosting a series of webinars and live Q&As to share experiences, best practices and recommendations from IHF members and other organizations.

In this webinar, four global experts will discuss the exceptionally complex challenges for the global health community created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Policymakers much balance the responsibilities of: a) Interrupting the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease; b) minimizing economic disruption, including a phased re-engagement in economic activities after the acute phase of the epidemic; and c) ensuring safety nets for households and individuals. The COVID-19 pandemic challenges the world at all levels, and classic methods for disease outbreak control remain valid if applied early. However, COVID-19 now presents exceptionally new challenges for policymakers in balancing progress made so far in curbing the pandemic, mitigating the economic damage already inflicted on employment and growth, and preventing further erosion in social cohesion which could lead to major political upheaval and violence.

The panelists bring to the table over 30 years of experience working globally on major epidemics like the HIV AIDS Crisis, Malaria Control, SARS, MERS, Swine Flu and Ebola. They will discuss lessons learned from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), especially those with weak health systems and modest scores on the Global Health Security Index, that are relevant to the more developed countries of the OECD.

This webinar will be chaired by Dr. Alexander S. Preker, MD, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and President and CEO, Health Investment & Financing, USA.
View his bio: https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/people/our-faculty/asp2133


Jun 5, 2020 12:00 PM in Universal Time UTC

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Dr. Olusoji Adeyi, MD, MBA, DrPH
Senior Advisor, Human Development Practice Group @The World Bank, USA
Senior Advisor, Human Development Practice Group, The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA. Formerly Director of Global Practice, Health, Nutrition and Population, The World Bank. Former Founding Director of the Affordable Medicines Facility-Malaria (AMFm) at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. For more info: https://www.linkedin.com/in/olusoji-adeyi-04180613/
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine @Irving Medical Center, Columbia University, USA
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center where he was a fellow working on MDRTB in NY and around the world. He also worked as Director of Knowledge Management at WHO (Geneva, CH) and Managing Director for International Health at The Rockefeller Foundation (New York, NY). In 2011, Dr. Pablos was appointed by President Obama (with US Senate consent) to lead USAID’s bureau for Global Health. Dr. Pablos is a board-certified internist with over 100 publications, and has served in various boards and international commissions. He received his MD from the University of Guadalajara's School of Medicine and his MPH from Columbia University.
Dr. Allyala K. Nandakumar, PhD
Director, Institute of Global Health, Brandeis University; Chief Economist @Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, USA
Dr. Nandakumar is a Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University where he is the Director of the PhD Program at the Heller School of Social Policy and is the Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development. Starting January 1st, he was appointed as the first Chief Economist at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. Prior to that he served for 4 years as the 1st Chief Economist for the Global Health Bureau at USAID. Dr. Nandakumar is an internationally recognized health-financing expert, known specifically for his work in resource tracking, health financing, and healthcare policy and research. He’s a former Indian Administrative Services Officer, he was Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Principal Associate with Abt Associates and a Senior Health Economist with RTI International. He also worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation as a Senior Program officer and as a Director in the Emerging Markets Group at Deloitte Consulting.