Conversation Series 2: Pandemics and Public Health: Learnings from the Past and Present-16th Apr ’21 & Webinar Recording

The recording of the webinar has been updated here-


Sama Resource Group for Women & Health with Gender, Justice & Health Thematic Group of People’s Health Movement (PHM) has initiated a series of conversations on “Pandemics & Public Health: Learnings from the Past and Present”

In the first conversation of this series held on 30th March, we had discussions around the history of plague and  Influenza, the role of the ‘regulatory’ State and how to approach making comparisons (if any) between past and present. How did they help in dealing with the present COVID 19 crisis? Who benefited from this experience and in what ways? What are our learnings from the past pandemics and the recent global outbreaks in terms of global governance?

The second series of the conversation will be held on 16th April and will deliberate on the recent outbreaks such as Ebola and Zika.

Date: April 16, 2021; Time: 6:30 PM IST | 1:00 PM GMT | 9:00 AM EDT

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The speaker for this session is Dr. Eugene Richardson, a physician-anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His recent book, Epidemic Illusions: On the Coloniality of Global Public Health explores how public health practices–from epidemiological modelling to outbreak containment–help perpetuate global inequities. He previously served as the clinical lead for Partners In Health’s Ebola response in Kono District, Sierra Leone, where he continues to conduct research on the social epidemiology of Ebola virus disease and COVID-19. More recently, he was seconded to the Africa CDC to join their COVID-19 response. His overall focus is on biosocial approaches to epidemic disease prevention, containment, and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of this effort, he is chair of the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice.

The facilitator for this session is Dr. Vineeta Bal, a trained physician and an immunologist. She is currently a faculty at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune. Prior to the present affiliation, she worked at the National Institute of Immunology as a Staff Scientist for 26 years. Vineeta has worked on diverse areas in immunology research – understanding immune responses in viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, Japanese Encephalitis and typhoid as infectious diseases; besides trying to understand how vaccines work, how immunological memory can be manipulated, how allergic immune responses can be modified with a focus on T cells. She has published more than 100 research papers. Outside of professional work she is also involved in issues related to Feminism, Science and Society, Peace movement etc.

Looking forward to your participation.

For details contact:

Sarojini N:

Neelanjana Das: