On the Front Lines: How Public Health Systems are Confronting the COVID-19 Crisis in the Mideast

On the Front Lines: How Public Health Systems are Confronting the COVID-19 Crisis in the Mideast

Date and time: Thursday. April 16, 2020, 10 to 11 am Eastern Daylight Time

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COVID-19 has the potential to push public health care systems in the Middle East past their current capabilities. The number of coronavirus cases in the Middle East has risen to nearly 60,000, double the amount only a week ago. How will this current pandemic impact the region’s health care systems and preparedness for future crises? The Middle East Institute will bring together a panel of experts to look beyond the immediate impact of COVID-19 on public health care systems in the Middle East. This group of experts will discuss the long-term effects on the region’s public health systems and if this will cause them to become more resilient in the face of future threats.

What will this current crisis mean for the future of the region’s health care systems? What steps should public health services be taking now to ensure they will be better prepared for the next pandemic? What is the role of international organizations like the World Health Organization to help regional public health services build resilience into their systems?

Speakers:

  • Amir Afkhami, associate professor, George Washington University
  • Omid Nikfarjam, journalist
  • Amira Roess, professor of global health and epidemiology, George Mason University
  • Ross Harrison, moderator, senior fellow, Middle East Institute

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