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The Global Health Security Network will be hosting regular webinars throughout the year covering all global health topics. 

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Webinar 1 - The path forward for WHO:  With or without US?   

Keynote Speaker - Professor Kelley Lee

The planned withdrawal of the United States from World Health Organization membership, announced by the Trump Administration in June 2020, has created much uncertainty at a time of intense global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This webinar will focus on the immediate impacts of this decision on the capacities of WHO and the US to navigate through the pandemic.  If the US eventually withdraws from the UN specialized agency, critical questions about the long-term future of WHO as the “directing and coordinating body” for international health cooperation will need to be addressed.  How prepared the world is for the next pandemic will depend on how longstanding concerns about global health governance are resolved.

Webinar 2 - Global Health Ethics Beyond the Rhetoric of Solidarity

Keynote Speaker - Associate Professor Sridhar Venkatapuram  

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised many complex ethical issues ranging from clinical decisions making and ethics of the social structural inequalities causing disease and deaths in vulnerable populations to the basis and form of global cooperation. 

This webinar will focus on how ethics becomes more important, no less, during emergencies.  A/Prof Sridhar Venkatapuram will discuss how different ethical values are at play in the national pandemic responses, as well as why ethical values have to be made explicit in order to make pandemic recovery plans equitable and durable.

Webinar 3 - Advancing Biosecurity in the age of COVID

Keynote Speaker - Elizabeth (Beth) E. Cameron, PHD

This webinar focuses on the potential impacts that COVID19 may have on Biosecurity and Bioterrorism with one of the worlds leading experts Beth Cameron (NTI's Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs).

Webinar 4 - Liberia's COVID-19 Response: Civil Military Relations

Keynote Speaker - Major Joseph Kowo

Liberia, a post-Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) country, recorded an estimated 10,228 suspected, probable, and confirmed cases of EVD and approximately 4,499 deaths (WHO, 2015). These deaths included eight personnel of Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and 188 health care workers nationally. The major challenge associated with the disease's impact was related to the lack of needed human resource capacity, established infrastructures, and logistics. Civil-Military relations were not satisfactory. As a result of these challenges and in preparation for future outbreaks, the National Public Health Institute was established by law to detect, prevent, and respond to Liberia's public health events.

On March 16, 2020, the country diagnosed her first COVID-19 cases and immediately established a National Incidence Management System (IMS) and launched a response with an already established infrastructure (NPHIL). Unlike EVD response, a Security Pillar, including Military and Para-military institutions and the Opening of the 14 Military Hospital as the national COVID-19 treatment center. To date, the country has accumulated 1124 confirmed cases. Among these cases, 523 were admitted at the 14 military Hospital, with only seven In-patients' deaths. The discussion will focus on successes and challenges in the ongoing COVID-19 response compared to EVD with the establishment of the "Security Pillar.

Webinar 5 - Pandemic V. Post Truth? Tackling viral misinformation in a global pandemic   

Keynote Speaker - Dr Jennifer S. Hunt

Conspiracy theories constitute a growing challenge to tackling COVID-19. Alongside the global spread of the pandemic itself, spurious allegations of hoaxes, cures and secret cabals circumnavigate the global information commons, poisoning debate, eroding community consensus and paralysing policymaking. Conspiratorial assertions challenging the severity of the virus, the need for mitigation efforts, and the motives of state and public health communities have moved from the dark corners of the Internet to Facebook page pages and even elected officials. These narratives undermine public health messages and measures...

Webinar 6 - The uses of knowledge in global health: lessons of COVID-19

Keynote Speaker - Dr Seye Abimbola

Seye Abimbola (in conversation with Sridhar Venkatapuram) discusses emerging lessons based on how the knowledge infrastructure of global health has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. He reflects on the role of academic journals, pre-prints, modelling, trials, scores and indexes, and their potential to facilitate or limit learning.

Webinar 7 - Infectious public health emergency preparedness and response in India: Challenges and opportunities

Keynote Speaker - Dr Mahesh Devnani

India has faced several infectious public health emergencies in the last two decades including 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, Nipah Virus Disease, Chikungunya, Acute Encephalitis Syndrome etc. in addition to periodic Dengue, Seasonal Influenza and Japanese Encephalitis and others. India's COVID-19 case tally is also very high, and second only to the US. This webinar will focus on India's preparedness and response to those infectious public health emergencies over the years and the way forward to strengthen it. 

Webinar 8 - Vaccinating against misinformation

Keynote Speaker - Angus Thomson

Angus Thomson discusses vaccine perception and behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To review the published Vaccine Misinformation Management Field Guide please click here

Webinar 9 - Applying Lessons from Ebola to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Keynote Speaker - Dr Krutika Kuppalli

The recent Ebola outbreaks in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have demonstrated the importance of a collaborative swift outbreak response that includes building community trust and engagement, combating misinformation, testing, contact tracing, and capacity building.

These principles although important to helping end the Ebola outbreaks are the cornerstone to any outbreak response and are important to understand as we aim to control the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar we will focus on the lessons from the Ebola outbreaks and how they can be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic as the  global community continues to work to get it under control.

Future Webinar dates will be announced very soon!

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