WEBINAR WEEK 1: Launch of COVID Conversations

March 27, 2020

The first webinar was held on Friday 20/03/2020 at 1:00 pm GMT.

Speakers Included

  • Prof Ruairi Brugha
  • Niall Roche, WASH/Env. Health Consultant and Lecturer. 
  • Diarmuid McClean, Development Specialist, Deputy Head of Mission for Embassy of Ireland in Lilongwe, Malawi

Topics covered in the webinar included:

  • The crucial nature of leadership as a key determinant of country’s successes in stemming the spread 
  • How Education is the Social Vaccine for COVID-19 as it was proven for many countries with HIV/AIDS 
  • The situation in Malawi and what can be learned from Ireland’s response – how the pandemic represents a protection issue
  • The inherent vulnerability of the health systems should ventilators become rationed if the pandemic goes beyond the surge system in countries affected
  • The vulnerable situation of those on ARVs with micronutrient deficiencies and the duty of care to staff
  • WaSH in the Community and the Urgency of Behaviour Change Measures to suppress the curve
  • The situation for the 896 million people globally who use health facilities with no water supply – and the work that needs to be done in healthcare facilities

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