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Covid-19 Talks: Observing the Pandemic – in Dialogue with WHO

November 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - January 14, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

We invite medical students and junior health professionals from all places to join this conversation on COVID-19.

We are living global health history, and many of us are deeply engaged with and affected by the pandemic in one or the other way. The World Health Organization is in charge of coordinating the global response, in a difficult political context and faced with multiple – and often conflictive – expectations and demands.

The goals of this series of interactive webinars is to take a step back and apply an historical lens on what has been happening since the day when the first news on an “unknown lung disease” arrived from China, in late in 2019 – less than a year ago! It’s about reconstructing the history – the multiple histories – of the last months, about understanding and reflecting on what happened, and talking about the future of global health – with an international approach.

What is the situation of global health today, in the midst of the pandemic? What are the lessons to be learned, considering both the legacies of the past (e.g. colonialism, neoliberalism and the controversial history of “Primary Health Care” 1978), the historical context of today (incl. revival of nationalism and authoritarianism, severe global inequalities), and pressing challenges for the future (e.g. climate change and global migration). What does the pandemic mean for sustainable development and the global pledge of “leaving no one behind”?

High level speaker from WHO, academia and civil society will engage in conversations with a students and junior health professionals form Germany, UK, Mexico, and Lebanon, as well as the audience.

November 19, 2020: Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer, Chef de Cabinet, WHO Geneva: WHO and the pandemic.

November 26, 2020: Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy on COVID-19, WHO Geneva: COVID-19 and the perspectives for global health equity and sustainable development.

December 3, 2020: Melinda Frost, High Impact Events Preparedness, WHO Geneva: Managing the COVID-19 infodemic: Promoting healthy behaviours and mitigating the harm from misinformation and disinformation.

December 10, 2020 (International Human Rights Day): Prof. Anne-Emanuelle Birn, U Toronto, Canada: Covid-19 and the history and future of global health.

December 17, 2020 (in cooperation with Lancet Migration): Dr. S. Severoni (WHO, Geneva) and Aurelie Ponthieu (Medicines sans Frontiers): How can we ensure the right to health of all migrants during the Covid-19-pandemic?

January 14, 2021: Dr. Gaya Gamhewage, Cpapacity Building Program, WHO Geneva: Young Health Professionals and the Pandemic

(Notice: Program may be subject to change.)

Organizing Committee:

University Justus Liebig Gießen/Germany, Schwerpunktcurriculum Global Health

University College London/UK, Institute for Global Health

American University Beirut/Lebanon, Center for Public Health Practice, Faculty of Health Sciences

bvmd – German Medical Students Association

In cooperation with the the World Health Organization, Geneva.

Zoom-Links for the Webinar will be shared to registered participants prior to the event. In case of trouble with registration or getting the link, please e-mail to:

[email protected]


November 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
January 14 @ 7:30 pm
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JLU Gießen, UC London, AU Beirut, bvmd