Even as the coronavirus has come under some measure of control in other parts of the globe, Latin America has become a burgeoning hotspot. As the pandemic has battered the region, it has jeopardized public health, devastated commerce, and exacerbated longstanding inequalities that threaten to derail years of social progress. Countries such as Mexico and Brazil are facing overwhelming caseloads, high death rates, and double-digit economic contractions. Latin America’s worsening COVID-19 plight will have ripple effects on the world stage for years to come, and it can also offer important lessons about global health policy as we re-evaluate our own preparedness for future disasters.
On Monday, August 17 at 8:30 a.m., we’re taking an international view of the epidemic with Dr. Edwin Asturias, Professor of Pediatrics-Infectious Disease at the CU School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Latin American Projects for the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health and Dr. Mauricio Hernández Ávila, Director of Economic and Social Benefits at the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS). They’ll share stories from Latin American communities, discuss commonalities with the U.S. public health response, and share strategies to help improve care and prevent humanitarian crises amidst a pandemic. Drs. Asturias and Hernández Ávila will also answer your questions live during a moderated Q&A session.
This free public webinar is a collaboration of the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy. The session will also be streamed on Facebook Live.