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Season one - WORLD: we got this podcast

Hosted by the School of Global Affairs, season one of the WORLD: we got this podcast series looks at pandemics, in particular the current COVID-19 global health crisis. This includes what we can learn from previous epidemics, the global response and policy measures.

The first episode (WHO got this) features Dr Ann Kelly and Professor Mauricio Pabon Avendano and focuses on the role of the WHO and global policy responses to health crises, referring to previous research on Ebola, SARS and ageing populations.

“One issue to think about is – if and when this epidemic hits low and medium income populations, what kind of response will be needed. They may be younger populations but there is also high propensity for inter-generational living,” Professor Pabon Avendano discusses.

“When responding to a crisis, we need a combination of understanding a national context while at the same time drawing lessons from international experiences.”

Episode notes

WHO got this? with Dr Ann Kelly, Prof Mauricio Pabon Avendano

We begin our first season by exploring the global challenges posed by pandemics.

In our first episode, we discuss the organisation at the very heart of the current COVID-19 response – the World Health Organisation (WHO). We survey the landscape of global health and talk about the first stages in responding to a global pandemic, as well as how the current crisis may change the WHO and global health forever, and perhaps our world.

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State of innovation with Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra and Prof Kerry Brown

As governments grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, we discuss the role innovation can play in helping tackle pandemics.

We speak with Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra from the Department for International Development about the success Viet Nam has had in tackling COVID-19. This includes an innovative approach to testing. We ask what lessons other governments can learn, and we go on to discuss with Robyn and Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute, what

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Mental health in the time of COVID with Profs Nikolas Rose and Craig Morgan

We talk with Professors Nikolas Rose and Craig Morgan from the Centre for Society & Mental Health about the challenges posed to our mental health by COVID-19.

We explore how the pandemic and subsequent lockdown is demonstrating the importance of social networks and solidarity for wellbeing. And we discuss how this crisis demonstrates the need for a shift in wider government policy if we are to support both physical and mental health.

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Social care in crisis with Prof Karen Glaser, Dr Ludovico Carrino and Prof Mauricio Avendano Pabon

We discuss the critical role social care is playing during COVID-19, particularly with the elderly. Our experts reflect on the current models of social care and their impact on care workers, as well as the unique challenges posed by COVID-19 and why we are seeing increased levels of mortality in care homes. Critically, we discuss we can do to improve our response and discuss what long-term changes governments could make to help improve social care policies.

Our guests include Professor Karen Glaser, Head of Global Health & Social Medicine, Dr Ludovico Carrino, Researcher at Global Health & Social Medicine, and Professor Mauricio Avendano Pabon, Director of the Institute for Gerontology at King’s College London.

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Racism is a health risk (Part 1) with Prof Anne Pollock and Dr Melissa Creary

We speak with Professor Anne Pollock (King’s College London) and Dr Melissa Creary (University of Michigan) about why racism is a health risk. And we ask whether COVID-19 and the protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement may have created a unique moment in which to tackle racial injustice in both health and wider society.

In part two we will discuss the UK and why this COVID-19 crisis has once again laid bare the health inequalities within society.

Racism is a health risk (Part 1) with Mohamed Ali and Beauty Dhlamini

We speak with Mohamed Ali and Beauty Dhlamini, alumni of Global Health & Social Medicine, about the UK, and how COVID-19 has further highlighted how racism continues to be a health risk. They discuss their work to push for change in how global health is talked about and who gets to participate in the discussion. We also go on to speak about their podcast 'Mind The Health Gap', which acts as a source for accessible, reliable and uncensored global health discussions and debates affecting the general public, particularly marginalised communities.

In Conversation episodes

In Conversation | Ethics and pandemics

How does a doctor know which patient to save during a pandemic, when resources can be limited? And how ethical is it to put everyone under lockdown? Does trust in our government predict whether we will socially distance ourselves?

In this in conversation episode of WORLD: we got this, we speak with Dr Silvia Camporesi, Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Society, and Caitlin Gardiner, an A&E doctor in London and a King's master's student. We explore our personal experiences living and working in the UK, Italy and South Africa during this strange time and how bioethics comes into practice.

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In Conversation | Coronavirus and neo-liberalism

In our first ‘WORLD: we got this | In Conversation’ episode, we speak with Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho about his essay 'Coronavirus, Crisis, and the End of Neo-liberalism'. We discuss why the COVID-19 crisis may bring about a radical shift in global economics but also how what comes next is far from certain.

Alfredo is Professor of Political Economy and International Development in the Department of International Development at King’s College London.

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