UWI hosts Symposium today on the Impact of COVID-19 on Health Systems

This afternoon, the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), St Augustine Campus and its Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development (CCHSRD), will host a Virtual Symposium on, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Health Systems”.

The virtual symposium is scheduled for 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., today, Sunday, 3 May 2020, and can be viewed at www.uwitv.org.

The UWI says today’s symposium will provide an insightful forum and perspectives of medical professionals, economists and academics as they discuss issues currently affecting Trinidad and Tobago and the region before, during and after COVID-19, such as:

  1. Lessons from the Spanish Flu of 1918
  2. SARS-CoV-2 Survival in the Environment
  3. Post-COVID Challenges for the Health Care System
  4. Pathogenesis: Implications for the Health Care System
  5. The Economic Impact of the COVID Lockdown on the Caribbean

The Virtual Symposium will be moderated by Ms. Marsha Ivey, Lecturer in Public Health and Primary Care, The UWI St. Augustine, and will include the following speakers:

  • Professor Terence Seemungal – Dean Faculty of Medical Sciences, The UWI St Augustine
  • Professor Donald Simeon – Director of the CCHSRD at The UWI St. Augustine
  • Dr Godfrey St. Bernard – Senior Fellow, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), The UWI St. Augustine
  • Dr Lystra Fletcher-Paul – Lecturer, Biometrics, The UWI St Augustine
  • Dr Marlene Attzs – Lecturer, Economics, The UWI St Augustine
  • Dr Sateesh Sakhamuri – Lecturer, Adult Medicine, The UWI St Augustine
  • Dr Stanley Giddings – Lecturer in Adult Medicine, The UWI St Augustine
  • Professor Christine Carrington – Professor, Molecular Genetics and Virology, The UWI St Augustine
  • Professor Christopher Oura – Professor, Veterinary Virology, The UWI St Augustine

Established in 2008, the CCHSRD is a Campus Research Centre at The UWI St. Augustine which provides a program of work in Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) as a means to strengthen health systems in the Caribbean region.

Its aim is to generate and facilitate the use of research evidence, empowering Caribbean countries to strengthen health systems and policy making processes, thus enabling greater equity in health.