Great Decisions #8: The World Health Organization's response to Covid-19,
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About The Event
Join the World Affairs Council of Maine as we explore the Foreign Policy Association’s 2021 Great Decisions.
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust the World Health Organization (WHO) into the limelight, for better and for worse. While some of the Trump administration’s criticism of the organization is unfair, the response to the early stages of the pandemic left many experts wanting more from the WHO. What is the WHO’s role in responding to international pandemics? What can be done to improve the WHO’s response to future global health crises?
About this week's facilitator: Leila Bisharat, Bisharat Consulting
Leila Bisharat has 30 years experience working with foundations and international agencies on issues related to child health and mortality. In 1986 UNICEF turned to her to lead its work in Child Survival and Urban Basic Services in the Middle East and North Africa Region. As Chief of Programmes (1989-1992) her team further developed these simple surveys to measure childhood mortality and make them a widely recognized standard tool where the results could stand up to rigorous scrutiny. As UNICEF’s Director of Planning and Coordination she led their use across all UN Member States in collaboration with the World Health Organization to track progress for children. She has a PhD from Princeton, and has held two appointments at Harvard University.
Additional suggested reading:
"Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic." Lancet 2015; 386: 2204-21 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)00946-0/fulltext
What is Great Decisions? Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions is this country’s largest discussion program on world affairs. For over twenty years, our Council has brought these Great Decisions to the state of Maine. We’ve provided hundreds of hours of discussion to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Southern Maine and hosted numerous dinner discussion groups across southern Maine. Click here for more information on our Great Decisions program.
What will each session look like? Each virtual session will last 90 minutes, divided between presentation and discussion. Discussion questions and a suggested reading list will be provided to all registered attendees.
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