The USC IIGH team is excited to present “This Week in Global Health With IIGH.”

This series offers the perspectives of a diverse collection of leaders, highlighting what they are witnessing and the work they’re engaged in during the current moment. Our goal is to help facilitate a conversation from local to global, learning from policy experts, researchers, activists and academics from communities the world over, while sharing their perspectives, highlighting new developments and emphasizing best practices. 

Hosted by Sofia Gruskin, Director of USC IIGH, featured topics include the economic, social, political, legal, and community impacts of the pandemic, and global health and human rights discussions more generally.  

Week of June 15, 2020

Pascale Allotey – Director of the United Nations – University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) 

“There is an opportunity through this crises. What would have been ideal, and this had been pushed from the Secretary-Generals level – ideally it would have been an amazing opportunity for the global community to come together, for leadership to come together. Because in some ways there’s the paradox of the intervention that was chosen, which was to lock everybody up and lock countries up, but at the same time it’s one that required solidarity and working together to get rid of a global problem.” – Pascale Allotey (Based in Kuala Lumpur) 

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Week of June 22 , 2020

Parveen Parmar – Chief, Division of Global Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine USC

“It’s pretty well known now that nationally if you are person of color, if you’re black, if you are poorer – you have worse health outcomes with COVID.  And that is certainly something we are seeing play out in Los Angeles county. The hospital and county officials have really done their best to try to support all LA citizens, but the reality is there are still people who are forced to work and people who don’t have legal status in the United States remain more afraid of seeking care.” – Parveen Premar (Based in Los Angeles) 

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Week of July 6, 2020

Rajat Khosla – Human Rights Advisor, World Health Organization

“Business as usual will not work, and I think at a level must not work. We need to identify new ways of working, new ways to connect to communities which are very vulnerable and increasingly more marginalized than they were before COVID. How do we bring in that sense of community engagement into our work, is extremely important. But this where we need to identify new techniques” – Rajat Khosla (Based in Geneva) 

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Week of: July 14, 2020

Vera Paiva –  Professor of Social Psychology, University of São Paulo

“Somehow it (COVID-19) got spread to the poor territories on the peripheries of the city. It’s a very very difficult situation. I was talking to them last week it’s like every street in the favelas has someone who died, or family that was affected. Because of other things, because of the social economic situation. They are much more vulnerable.” – Vera Paiva (Based in São Paulo) 

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Week of: July 21 2020

Ajeng Larasati – Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBHM) – Community Legal Aid Institute

“The denial from the government since the beginning has kind of affected the way people think about Corona itself. Many people still don’t think that COVID is a serious thing and they don’t follow the governments regulations or government policy to stay at home even if they can. And the government is not powerful enough, in my opinion, to enforce the policy of staying at home.” – Ajeng Larasati (Based in Jakarta) 

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