LSTM launches 125th anniversary Webinar Series

News article 27 Jan 2021

LSTM’s launched its Future Focus Webinar Series with a discussion entitled – ‘The major challenges for global health in a post-COVID-19 world’, presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (RSTMH).

The launch marks the first in a series of webinars leading up to LSTM’s 125th Anniversary in 2023, aiming at bringing together leading experts in the field of global health through a panel, discussion, and ‘in conversation’ style events.

Moderated by award winning journalist and health editor at The Guardian, Sarah Boseley, the panel was made up of LSTM’s Director, Professor David Lalloo; Director of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Jeremy Farrar; Professor Tom Kariuki, Director of Programmes of the African Academy of Sciences and Tamar Ghosh, CEO of RSTMH.

This first event in a series which aims to bring together leading experts in the field of global health was viewed by about 200 people from around the world.

While looking at the challenges likely to be posed in the new era of Global Health the panel acknowledged the impact of COVID-19, the potential damage done to other disease control programmes, the importance of health equity across the world in order to recover from pandemics of this nature and why global disease surveillance is crucial in identifying not only new strains of this particular virus, but also in raising the early alarm on the next potential pandemic.

The panelist talked from their own experiences and that of their organisations, about the vaccine inequity, how governments around the world have approached COVID and how the public’s understanding of global and public health has increased. Bringing the event to a close, Professor Lalloo stressed the importance of partnerships in helping the world solve COVID and the inevitable future challenges in global health.

This series of webinars will celebrate the impact of major breakthroughs in global health over the last 125 years as well as examining some of the most pressing health challenges facing humanity today.

The webinars will be free to attend and open to everyone. Sign up to our events mailing list for future events.

Missed it? Watch the first seminar here below: