The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the concept of Global Health into public focus. Until now, there was little interest in the disease burden and health care systems of other countries especially in those of the Global South. However, global health challenges are now anxiously recognized by the public at large. We are reminded of the Ebola virus outbreak 2013–2016 in West Africa, which thanks to the heroic efforts of many global health actors could be contained. During the current COVID-19 pandemic at the latest, lessons learned and best practice approaches designed by the Global Health community need to be implemented to save us from such crisis in the future.
In this webinar, we will introduce the concept of Global Health and how it is currently implemented by measures taken against COVID-19 by the global community represented by international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). We will furthermore discuss how this concept has found its way into German academia, politics, and the public and how this is currently driven forward. Together with two panelists, we will gain more insight into the COVID-19 development in the Global South, the search for its origins, and the role of the WHO during this past year since the outbreak in China.
Professor Andrea Sylvia Winkler is a specialist neurologist, a senior researcher, and the Co-Director of the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich. She is also the Founding Director (now deputy director) of the Centre for Global Health at the University of Oslo, where she holds a full professorship in Global Health.
Professor Prazeres da Costa is a consultant medical microbiologist, immunologist, and infectious disease specialist, long-term lecturer, co-founder, and co-director of the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). For 17 years, she heads the research group “Infection and Immunity in Global Health” as well as the diagnostic parasitology department and teaching unit at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Hygiene at TUM.
Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf die Corona-Pandemie: In der öffentlichen, virtuellen Vorlesungsreihe „COVID-19 Lectures“ geben führende Wissenschaftler*innen der Technischen Universität München (TUM) und des Klinikums rechts der Isar ab dem 13. Januar 2021 Einblicke in ihre aktuelle Forschung zur Corona-Pandemie. Die Online-Vorlesungen finden größtenteils in englischer Sprache statt. Für das Publikum wird die Möglichkeit bestehen, per Chat Fragen zu stellen.