Relaunched COVID-19 webinar series

Relaunched COVID-19 webinar series
Photo credit: ICRC


The READY Initiative, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Centre for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University and the Geneva Center of Humanitarian Studies are pleased to announce the relaunch of its COVID-19 & Humanitarian Settings webinar series. Occurring monthly, these webinars feature a series of panels examining some of the controversial and under-explored issues affecting the COVID-19 pandemic in humanitarian settings.

“Why is COVID-19 NOT transmitting in humanitarian settings as expected…or is it?”

Wednesday, 14 October 2020, – 8-9am EST/2-3pm Geneva

COVID-19 data in humanitarian settings are generally incomplete and limited. Consequently, models for these contexts have mostly used data from non-humanitarian settings, and their results do not appear to reflect the reality on the ground.  What is really happening with COVID-19 in humanitarian emergencies? Can we use other settings to gain insights?  Do we have any seroprevalence surveys?


Dr. Paul Spiegel, Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health

Paul Spiegel, a Canadian physician by training, is internationally recognized for his research on preventing and responding to humanitarian emergencies with a focus on refugee crises. He is the Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health and Professor of Practice at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).  Before Hopkins, Dr. Spiegel was a Deputy Director and Chief of Public Health at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


Dr. Altaf Musani, WHO Representative for Yemen, World Health Organization

Altaf Musani has worked at WHO in humanitarian emergencies in numerous countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and most recently as the WHO Representative in Yemen. He previously worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Shaun Truelove, Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Shaun Truelove is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of International Health at JHSPH. His work focuses on infectious disease epidemiology, and disease dynamics and modeling. As part of the Center for Humanitarian Health, he has co-led an initiative to provide SARS-CoV-2 modeling and epidemiology support to humanitarian partners, including UNHCR, OCHA, and MSF.

Dr. Sandra Harlass, Senior Public Health Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Sandra Harlass is a public health specialist with more than 18 years of experience. She has worked in different countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Sandra has worked with UNHCR for the last six years and is currently based in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where she is heading the health and nutrition team as a Senior Public Health Officer.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead and Head of Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses Unit, World Health Organization 

Maria Van Kerkhove is an American infectious disease epidemiologist. With a background in high-threat pathogens, she specializes in emerging infectious diseases and is based in the Health Emergencies Program at WHO. She is the technical lead of the COVID-19 response and the head of the Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses Unit at WHO.

Register in advance for the 14 October webinar:

Venue:Online (Zoom)
Date: Wednesday 14 October 2020, 8-9am EST/2-3pm Geneva

Register in advance for the 14 October webinar: