The Impact of the International Response on India’s Humanitarian Crisis – What Next? (28 May)

Posted on 25 May 2021

The Impact of the International Response on India’s Humanitarian Crisis – What Next?

Date:  Friday – 28 May 2021
Time: 1-2 pm Irish Time

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The images from the overrun hospitals and cremation sites in India caused by Covid-19 has sounded cautionary alarm bells for the rest of the world. With a 1.3 billion population, the country is considered the global epicentre of the pandemic. As the fragile healthcare system buckles under the weight of the humanitarian crisis, we look at how agencies are coping to respond in the face of fragmented services and fragile health systems on the ground. 

Amid expressions of solidarity from political leaders worldwide, how are international agencies responding? What role do political leaders have and how can they best mobilise for large scale relief? How is Ireland contributing?

Topics for Discussion:

In this live event, we hear from speakers leading their organisations’ response, from Indian frontline healthcare workers and from agencies responding on the ground.

Speakers: 

  • Dr Pooja Ramakant, Surgeon and Additional Professor, Department of Endocrine Surgery, King Georges’ Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Dr Mohammad Haqmal, Senior International Public Health Expert and Chevening Scholar
  • Dr David Weakliam, Global Health Programme Director, Health Service Executive
  • Charlotte Kavanagh, International Communications Manager, The HOPE Foundation 
  • WHO Speaker – TBC
  • Respondent: Dr. M Shahid Siddiqui, Media Activist and Human Rights Campaigner.