Symposium: Health systems in times of crises - preparing for the future / Lessons learnt from the past and the present

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Watch Ib Christian Bygbjerg's key-note speech here.

Watch panel 1 'Declining use of health services in times of crises' here.

Watch panel 2 'Local and global distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines' here.

Download the PP slides from the symposium here.

Download the programme, case desciptions and panelist information here.

The Masanga Project, IMCC Global (International Medical Cooperation Committee) and the School of Global Health at the University of Copenhagen invite all interested to join our annual symposium.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call reminding us about the importance of a well-functioning comprehensive health system and the inter-dependencies of the global community as it relates to the spread of disease, supply chains and governance of health.

In some settings, health systems have been under immense pressure, stretched thin and even on the verge of collapse. In other places, the nature of the corona transmission, rapid policy decisions and strong institutions have allowed the health system to cope and adjust to the new realities.

This is not the first time we experience a worldwide crisis of this magnitude, and it will not be the last! So the question is: What have we learnt from previous crises and what will we learn from the current one in order to design robust health systems for the future?

Join us in the debate where our invited panel and audience will discuss two concrete dilemmas, we are witnessing at the moment:

  • Declining use of health services in times of crises and;
    • Local and global distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines

    We encourage all to ask questions through the Q&A function in Zoom.

    Speakers and panelists

    Key-note speech:

    • Ib Christian Bygbjerg, Professor and Medical Doctor
      “On chronic and acute crises in health systems - 5 decades of serving, researching and teaching in low- and high-income countries”


    • Heaven Yeshaneh, Medical Doctor and volunteer for SHEBA and SHE Matters, Ethiopia

    • Siddhartha Sankar Datta, (MD, MPH), Programme Manager, Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization programme, WHO Regional Office for Europe

    • Susanne Haas, Medical Doctor and Chairwoman of Masanga

    • Mohamed Falilu Jalloh, Behavioral epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • Helle Samuelsen, Anthropologist and Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen

    • Jorge Castilla, Senior Emergency Officer, Health Emergency Response at the World Health Organization


    • Flemming Konradsen, Professor, Global Health Section, University of Copenhagen


    Due to the corona pandemic, the event will take place online on Zoom. Participants can ask questions through the Q&A  function in Zoom.

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