Topic: The longer term economic, health, psychosocial and geopolitical consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Abstract: Despite awareness of the need for preparedness, governments in many countries have acted too late to control the spread of Covid-19. The consequences have directly affected the majority of the global population, and include a global recession, with sharply increasing inequalities, and a range of indirect health and psychosocial problems. It is predicted that the effects of these will be longterm. Poor management of the pandemic has led to mistrust in policymakers. It is predicted that Covid-19 will accelerate trends towards nationalism and counter-globalization. This will result in geopolitical competition among the great powers, particularly the United States and China, but with China in the ascendancy, because of its success in controlling Covid-19, and the role is will play in the economic recovery of many countries.
Professor of Global Health at University College London
The Director of the Centre for Global Health at Zhejiang University
Dr. Therese Hesketh trained in pediatrics and public health in the UK, and has worked, as a clinician, manager, educator and researcher, for NGOs and UN organizations, in a number countries, including: China, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Tanzania and Mali.
Her current research areas include:
- Follow-up of Covid-19 positive patients in Zhejiang Province
- Intervention to reduce prescribing of antibiotics and sales of antibiotics in pharmacies in China
- Adolescent mental health in China, Malaysia and Mali
- Intervention to address barriers to family planning uptake in Mali
- Role and utility of Chinese Medical Teams in Mali and Madagascar
- Exploration of intimate partner violence in China