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Combatting a global pandemic. What does it take?


The impact of COVID-19 over the past two years has been a wake-up call. The world now knows that pandemics and large-scale disease outbreaks can claim millions of lives, disrupt societies, and devastate economies.

So, what does it take to prevent and respond to a pandemic, how can we be better prepared in the future, and how can we improve international collaboration?

Watch our joining our Knowledge in Action Talk#2,Combatting a Global Pandemic. What Does it take?” that took place on 10 November 2021, 2 – 3.30 pm

We gathered a panel of key global and local practitioners and experts from Kenya, Ghana, Denmark, Uganda, and Tanzania to give us their take on what COVID-19 has taught them about how the world and we all have to act to prevent and respond to future pandemics.

The keynote speaker and facilitator

Flemming KonradsenProfessor, Global Health Section, University of Copenhagen, is the keynote speaker and facilitator. From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Flemming Konradsen has called for global collaboration on all fronts and pushed for global research networks to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, technologies, data, and essential commodities. The talk will give insight into the global health concerns that are the basis of his argument.

The guest speakers

Ole Thonke, the Danish Ambassador to Kenya, will share experiences on the transfer of COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark to Kenya in 2021.

Ssanyu Kalibbala, Country Manager, Development Media International, Uganda, will present her experience of rolling out a behaviour change campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Catherine Ampah-Brient, Danida alum and Municipal Director of Health Services in Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem, Municipal Health Directorate, Ghana, will talk about the dos and don’ts in the implementation of the region’s contingency health plan.

Tolbert Sonda and Happiness Kumburu are both Danida PhD fellows from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College’s Clinical Research Institute, Tanzania. They will provide evidence showing that it pays off to invest in well-functioning health systems and skills such as whole-genome sequencing.

Combatting a global pandemic: What does it take? is the second of Danida Fellowship Centre’s online series of Knowledge in Action Talks that seek to convene brilliant minds, provide powerful inspiration, and facilitate meaningful connections across our knowledge ecosystem.

Revisit the first Knowledge in Action Talk How to Make a Business Idea Reality.

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