People’s Health Day

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People’s Health Day

14th April 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

As CoVID 19 challenges our way of living, the People’s Health Movement UK/Scotland, Medact, Health Poverty Action and COVID Frontlines are launching a webinar series to explore the issues that coronavirus has highlighted within health systems, public health, and society at large, both in the UK and globally. It coincides with World Health Day, which sees PHM circles around the world campaign for Health for all, Now!

We are launching a webinar series to discuss the socio-political determinants of this pandemic, including the most pressing issues at the interface with the community, vulnerable populations, the hostile environment, the privatisation of NHS, and much more.

Front line activists, academics, public health experts, journalists, will join us to engage in an alternative discussion looking at the current situation from a social justice lens, denouncing the problems, and advocating for the solutions.

You can register for the next webinar here:

Tuesday 14th April, 6.30 pm BST – ‘A global perspective on CoVID-19’: Register here

See the Facebook event here.


The Talks

Global insight and Italy’s experience – Chiara Bodini

Adopting an Intersectionality lens to health inequalities- Anuj Kapillashrami

Preparedness and lessons learned from Ebola Haja Wurie

Impact on vulnerable health systems – Rita Dayoub

Access to medicines – James Cole

Need for public health systems globally – Jess Hamer


About the Speakers

Dr Chiara Bodini– University of Bologna, CSI, PHM, Italy

Medical doctor, specialised in Infectious Disease and in Public Health, she collaborates with the Centre for International and Intercultural Health (CSI) of the University of Bologna. She participates in national and international action-research projects in the field of health promotion and health inequalities. She is part of the board of the Italian Association for Migration Medicine (SIMM) and of the global Steering Council of the People’s Health Movement (PHM).


Dr Anuj Kapillashrami, Queen Mary University London, UK

Anuj is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health Policy with an interdisciplinary background in Sociology and Public health. Her work lies at the intersections of health politics and development praxis, with particular interest in their interface with gender, human rights and social justice. She has  longstanding research interest and experience that spreads over twenty years in both academia and civil society/ development sector in South Asia and the UK.


Dr Haja Wurie, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Sierra Leone

Haja Ramatulai Wurie is the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and health systems researcher. She researched health worker experiences and incentives prior to the Ebola outbreak and has advised donors on how to keep the health workforce motivated during the outbreak to maintain health service delivery. In addition she is a local WHO consultant on health systems strengthening in Sierra Leone.


Jessica Hamer, Health Poverty Action, UK

Jessica Hamer is Head of Policy and Campaigns at Health Poverty Action. She has worked in global health policy and advocacy for 10 years, with a particular focus on universal health coverage, the role of the private sector, and the role of aid and donor influence. Jess has previously worked at Oxfam and Stop AIDS. 


Rita Dayoub, Chatam House, UK

Rita Dayoub is a Syrian dentist specializing in periodontology and implantology. She holds an MSc in Public Health from King’s College London where her research examined the participatory approaches to health promotion in refugee camps. Over a span of four years, she worked on the health humanitarian response and protection in Syria, Zimbabwe and South Sudan where she managed the Healthcare in Danger initiative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).


James Cole, STOPAIDS, UK

James is the advocacy officer at SOPAIDS, after having worked with running AIDS campaigns for Restless Development. Prior to this, he led a Youth Stop AIDS group and the University of Sussex and served as Young Trustee of STOPAIDS. In this role, he led the advocacy efforts on international access to medicines and sustainability & transitions.


14th April 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm