Close-to-community health care providers, such as community health workers, play a vital role in supporting their local health systems. Their roles can be particularly crucial in fragile and shock-prone settings and during times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
This webinar is an opportunity to hear how three factors – gender, COVID-19, and fragility – are interplaying in the work and lives of close-to-community health care providers worldwide, with a focus on their experiences in Brazil, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, and Nepal. We will also be presenting an overview of the global situation for these vital workers.
Chair – Joanna Raven, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
What do we know about gender, health workers, and COVID-19 from the global literature? – Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA
The COVID-19 pandemic and public health professionals in Brazil – Brunah Schall, René Rachou Research Institute, Fiocruz Minas, Brazil
Crises in Lebanon: The role of close-to-community providers during COVID-19 – Rouham Yamout, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Close-to-community providers, gender and COVID-19 in Nepal – Abriti Arjyal, HERD International, Nepal
Feminist plan for sustainability and social justice post COVID-19 – Laura Turquet, UN Women
Image credit: A community health volunteer in Satungal village in western Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Public Services International/Flickr