The COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented in how it has affected the lives of everyone around the globe. Poor and vulnerable populations have and will be particularly hard hit by the health and socio-economic consequences of this health crisis. The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has stated that “COVID-19 is a threat multiplier” and is “compounding existing inequalities”. This five-part webinar series takes a deep dive into the impact of COVID-19 on health inequities in the ASEAN region.
Webinar 1: Examining the impact of COVID-19 on health and health inequities in the ASEAN region
1 Jul 2020, SGT 7pm - 8pm, Zoom
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This session will provide a brief overview of the existing health inequities in the ASEAN region. The speakers will elaborate on how the COVID-19 outbreak has exposed, and may even exacerbate, existing inequities in the health systems of the ASEAN region. The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare access for marginalised and vulnerable groups in the region as well as possible strategies to mitigate the negative consequences will be discussed. The challenges of achieving relevant Sustainable Development Goals will be highlighted and the opportunities for applying lessons learned from current coping strategies will be discussed.
Speakers:Prof John Lim
Policy Lead, SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI), and Executive Director, Centre of Regulatory Excellence (CoRE), Duke-NUSDr Tran Thi Mai Oanh
Director, Health Strategy and Policy Institute (HSPI), VietnamDr Piya Hanvoravongchai
Program Director, The Equity Initiative, Bangkok, Thailand, and Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn UniversityDr Swee Kheng Khor
Senior Visiting Fellow, United Nations University International Institute of Global Health, MalaysiaDr Kumanan Rasanathan
Coordinator, Health Systems, World Health Organization (WHO), Cambodia OfficeDr Hisham Badaruddin
Adj Asst Professor, SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI), and Director for Healthcare, Deloitte Consulting South East Asia
Webinar 2:Analysing of the impact of COVID-19 on maternal and child health in the ASEAN region
8 Jul 2020, SGT 7pm - 8pm, Zoom Click here to register
This webinar will examine maternal and child health inequities in the ASEAN region and how the COVID-19 outbreak has and is further expected to impact existing health inequities. It will explore how the COVID-19 outbreak may alter specific health services such as vaccination programmes and maternal and newborn care. It will also discuss the long term effect of COVID-19 on maternal and child health programmes and offer some potential strategies to mitigate the negative impact.
Speakers:Prof Courtney Davis
Education Core Co-Lead, SDGHI & Staff Physician, KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH)Mr Björn Andersson
Regional Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), BangkokMs Mariam Khan
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative, Lao PDRDr Paul Pronyk
Chief, Child Survival and Development, UNICEF IndonesiaDr Katherine Ann V. Reyes
Assistant Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Department of Health Policy and Administration, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines, ManilaDr Maria Asuncion Silvestre
President, Kalusugan ng Mag-Ina, Inc (KMI; Translation: Health of Mother and Child), Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Webinar 3:Applying a health inequity lens to the impact of COVID-19 on food security and nutritional status in the ASEAN region
15 Jul 2020, SGT 7pm - 8pm, Zoom Click here to register
This webinar will provide an overview on the existing nutrition inequities and how they have been negatively impacted by the current health crisis. Join us as speakers respond to questions like: “How is COVID-19 and the associated economic down turn impacting food security?”, “How has maternal and child nutrition been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?” & “What is the long term impact and what are some potential measures countries in the region can take to decrease the impact of COVID-19 on undernutrition?”
Speakers:Prof Martin Bloem
Inaugural Robert S. Lawrence Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthDr David Dawe
Senior Economist, Regional Office of Asia Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsProf Emorn Udomkesmalee
Senior Advisor and Former Director of the Institute of Nutrition of the Mahidol University, Thailand & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of International Health, John Hopkins UniversityDr Chandavone Phoxay
Deputy Permanent Secretary, Cabinet. Ministry of health
Webinar 4:How has COVID-19 impacted HIV/AIDs, TB and Malaria Programmes in the ASEAN Region?
22 Jul 2020, SGT 7pm - 8pm, Zoom Click here to register
This webinar will explore the existing treatment and control strategies of HIV/AIDs, TB and Malaria in the ASEAN region and how the COVID-19 outbreak has and is expected to further impact such programmes. The speakers will address the likely impact of COVID-19 on mortality and morbidity rates due to modifications of HIV/AIDs, TB and Malaria programmes. The challenges of protecting vulnerable populations will be addressed, while exploring opportunities for regional cooperation, alignment of funding and adoption of a health systems perspective.
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Webinar 5:How has COVID-19 impacted Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Programmes in the ASEAN region?
29 Jul 2020, SGT 7pm - 8pm, Zoom Click here to register
This webinar will provide a brief overview of treatment and control of the leading NCDs in the ASEAN region, namely: Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the management of those diseases. It will examine mitigation strategies and challenges faced on the treatment and control on NCDs by contextualising the discussion based on socio-economic determinants, needs of vulnerable populations and primary healthcare infrastructure.
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