Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences from Asia

When: 
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 8:30pm to 9:30pm

The SARS-CoV-2 virus spilled over from an animal host to a person late last year in China creating a pandemic that is raging around the world. Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong responded decisively and effectively to curb the spread of the virus, saving thousands of lives. There are many lessons the international community can learn from them. This webinar features three leading global health experts from the region who will share what worked in their battle against the virus. They will also describe what we need to do to strengthen our collective ability to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks.

Access the presentation slides here.

Speakers:

Juhwan Oh, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor, International Health Policy and Management, Seoul National University College of Medicine
Juhwan Oh is Professor of International Health Policy and Management at Seoul National University College of Medicine. He is teaching global health and evaluation in public and global health for medical students. He served as recurrent co-chair of Participatory Priority Setting for Health Insurance Benefit Coverage of Health Technology; Chair of Diseases Specific Priority Setting Committee; and as Chair of National Committee for Catastrophic Medical Payment Prevention of Korea Government. He is serving as an academic editor of PLoS One; editorial board member for global health in Journal of Korean Medical Science, SSM Population Health, and Editor-in-chief of Journal of Global Health Science. He was a Takemi Fellow in international health at Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public. His research interest include priority setting in health technology; impact evaluation of project, program, and policy in global and public health; maternal and child health; and universal health coverage.

Chang-Chuan Chan, PhD
Dean, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University
Chang-Chuan Chan is Dean of the School of Public Health at National Taiwan University. He is also Professor of Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene, and the Dean and Director of the Global Health Center at CPH, NTU. He serves as an academic counselor of International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, 2015-2017. He is also chair-elected of ISEE Asia chapter since 2015. Prof. Chan serves as the Chairman of Taiwan Chapter of SRA since 2009. Prof. Chan has led over 100 research projects on environmental epidemiology, air pollution exposure and health assessments, and global health issues. He has published over 160 scientific papers in SCI journals. Prof. Chan established Global Health Practicum in Malawi and São Tomé for NTU students, and educational exchanges with universities in Japan, Korea, and the US, and started PhD in Global Health Program at CPH since 2012. He was an international participant in the European Union’s FP7 project, ESCAPE, and is currently conducting international environmental epidemiological studies on air pollution in Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, and India.

Keiji Fukuda, MD, MPH
Director and Clinical Professor, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Keiji Fukuda is Director and Clinical Professor at The University of Hong Kong School of Public Health. He previously was the Assistant Director-General for health security, a Special Adviser to the Director General for pandemic influenza and for antimicrobial resistance and was Director of the Influenza Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Before that, he worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the Epidemiology Section Chief, Influenza Branch. Professor Fukuda has been a global public health leader in many areas including health security and personally has led numerous field investigations, global responses and diplomatic negotiations related to emerging infectious diseases including seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza, SARS, MERS, Ebola and antimicrobial resistance. At WHO, he oversaw implementation of the International Health Regulations and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework. He is an adviser to the Hong Kong Government for COVID-19.

Moderator:

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director, CUGH
Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Between 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons. He held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense and was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation and the environment. Dr. Martin has served on numerous diplomatic missions to areas in crisis and served as a physician in South Africa on the Mozambique border during that country’s civil war. He has traveled widely in Africa, visiting the continent 28 times. He has had over 170 editorial articles published in major newspapers and has appeared frequently as a political and social commentator on television and radio.

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