Resistance, Opportunities and Threats During COVID Pandemic: A webinar

Flyer on Webinar on Resistance Opportunities and Threats During Covid Pandemic

Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) and People’s Health Movement (PHM) are jointly organizing a webinar titled Resistance, Opportunities and Threats During Covid Pandemic. The webinar will be held on 28 October 2020 at 5:30 pm (IST).

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these existing social exclusion and prejudice. People of color, people in lower-income households, indigenous communities, unauthorized migrants (especially those in detention centers), refugees and asylum seekers, and prisoners (including political prisoners) have experienced a higher burden of the pandemic. These vulnerable populations and socially excluded groups were heavily impacted in terms of higher prevalence of infections, higher severity of the disease, compromised access to healthcare services, and higher rates of deaths. Mental health impacts, and increase in gender-based violence and domestic violence have also been seen.

The webinar aims to:

  • Identify and describe forms of resistance in terms of enforced extraterritorial obligations, governmental policies, social movements. How may they be supported? What have been the opportunities and threats?
  • Identify and discuss policy proposals to address social exclusion at different levels, calling upon the conference participants to adopt.

The panelists will be:

  1. Akhiro Seita, Director, Health Department, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Jordan
  2. Alexis Benos, Professor of Social Medicine and Primary Health, Caree Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  3. Sarojini Nadimpally, Executive Director, Sama / People’s Health Movement, India
  4. Vicki Gass, Senior Policy Advisor for Central America and Mexico, Oxfam-America, USA

The webinar will be chaired by Maria Hamlin Zuniga, Steering Council Member, People’s Health Movement, Nicaragua, and moderated by Hani Serag, Director of Programs, Center for Global and Community Health University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), USA.

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