• Date


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    11am-12.30pm UTC/12-1.30pm BST

  • Location


  • Organisation

    Gender & Covid-19

Covid 19

Close-to-community providers in fragile settings and vulnerable communities during crisis

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 those three factors – gender, COVID-19 and fragility – are interplaying in the work and lives of close-to-community health care providers in Brazil, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and Nepal. Overview of the global situation for these vital workers will also be presented in this webinar.


  • 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
  • Questions and answers
  • Feminist plan for sustainability and social justice post COVID-19 – Laura Turquet, UN Women
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