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In the past weeks, India’s COVID-19 crisis has taken a dramatic turn. India has reported more than 17.6 million cases since the beginning of the pandemic and more than 350,000 new cases early this week. Deaths are on the rise and, experts fear that the numbers might underrepresent the real numbers due to underreporting. During this hour, our panel will help us make sense of the current situation in India and uncover the actions that we can take to slow the spread and expedite services to India right now. Make a donation today to help support the Johns Hopkins India Institute here.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Dr. Amita Gupta is Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins (JH) Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), and Professor of Infectious Diseases at the JH School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in International Health at the JH Bloomberg School of Public Health. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in infectious diseases, Dr. Gupta specializes in international public health, clinical research, and education in infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and antimicrobial resistant infections. Since 2003, her work has been focused primarily on India, where she leads several Indo-JHU research collaborations.
Dr. David Peters' (BSPH '83, '89) research has been focused on improving the performance of health systems in low- and middle-income countries, particularly to address the needs of poor and vulnerable populations. His work has been conducted in very difficult environments, such as in post-conflict fragile states, with applications aimed at improving health conditions and building trusted and sustainable institutions. He played a leading role in conceptualizing and developing implementation research methods and incorporating complex adaptive systems into public health. The areas of research include understanding the factors that improve overall levels and distribution of health status, the risk of poverty due to health expenditures and ill health, and public satisfaction with health services, and involving innovations in health policy and systems, such as those dealing with strategic engagement of governments with the private sector, alternative health financing methods, resource allocation methods, and new approaches to organization of health services and public health service delivery.
Dr Sutapa B. Neogi is a public health specialist actively engaged in research and teaching at Indian Institute of Public Health- Delhi (IIPHD), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). An MBBS from Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College, Calcutta and MD in Community Medicine from Post Graduate Institute of Medical education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, and Diplomate of National Board (DNB) in Maternal and Child Health, she has excellent academic credentials. She received the ‘Kataria Memorial Gold Medal’ for being the best outgoing student of PGIMER, Chandigarh. She has a rich experience in public health and is particularly interested in implementation of projects that is relevant to national policies and programmes. She has authored several research papers ad is a reviewer of many national and international journals. She is an associate Editor of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. She offers her technical services to various academic and research bodies in the country.
Dr. Brian Wahl (BSPH '13, '17) is an epidemiologist with a broad interest in the relationship between health systems and infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries. His research focuses on understanding the changing epidemiology of pediatric respiratory diseases in the context of new health interventions. He has experience contributing to field studies and disease burden/transmission modeling projects.
Mr. Sudhir Mehta is Chairman & Managing Director of Pinnacle Industries Ltd. Pinnacle is India’s leading commercial vehicle seating and interiors company. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science & Economics – Depauw University, USA and MBA in Finance & International Business – University of Chicago, USA. Mr. Mehta is a serial entrepreneur who has started and successfully led several ventures. The group employs over 3000 people in India, Israel, Spain and USA. He is also the Past Chairman of CII Western Region. He was conferred ‘The Super Entrepreneur of the Year’ award in 2018 by Machinist Magazine (Times Group Publication) for his contribution to the Indian manufacturing sector. He is also a regular contributor of op-ed articles for The Financial Express, The Hindu Business Line, and other publications.
Dr. Bulbul Sood is a public health professional with more than 40 years of experience and was the Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine at Delhi’s Medical College for 23 years. Dr. Sood has been Jhpiego’s India Country Director since 2009. She is a respected figure in the public health field, known for her experience in international health and development, and has effectively demonstrated her ability to take programs forward in a holistic manner. Dr. Sood has strong technical expertise in reproductive health, extensive program management experience, and is well-known in the fields of family planning (FP), maternal health and reproductive health—both in India and internationally. She also has demonstrated skills in advocacy, negotiation and diplomacy.
Dr. Vidya Mave is Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as Director and Clinical Research Site (CRS) Leader of the Johns Hopkins University Baltimore-India Clinical Trials Unit (JHUBI-CTU) in Pune, India. The CTU is a collaborative research partnership between BJGMC in Pune, India and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that is part of the world’s largest HIV therapeutic trial networks (the AIDS Clinical Trials Group [ACTG] and the International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trial Network [IMPAACT]).
Dr. Sunil Solomon is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Diseases Department. He studies the epidemiology and clinical management of HIV and co-infections with hepatitis viruses and tuberculosis. Dr. Solomon received a master of public health and PhD from Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty. He is the recipient of several international awards, specifically a Fogarty Research Fellowship from Brown University and Johns Hopkins University. His work has also been recognized with a prestigious Charlotte Silverman Fund Award and an election to the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society of Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Gigi Gronvall is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an immunologist by training. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has led the Center’s ongoing efforts to track the development and marketing of molecular and antigen tests and serology tests, as well as the development of national strategies for COVID-19 serology (antibody) tests and SARS-CoV-2 serosurveys in the United States. She has also written about the scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic and implications for national and international security.
Ashish Vankara, MD Candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Student Representative)
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