NUIG to host free webinar this week on COVID crisis in India

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A free online event on the record infection rates and loss of life caused by the second wave of COVID-19 in India will be hosted by NUI Galway on Wednesday.

The webinar will speak to people who have been living through and observing the crisis first-hand, with panellists based in Bangalore, Calcutta, and Mumbai.

The panellists come from a range of backgrounds and will offer insight into the public health situation, the loss of life, grief and funerals, rural versus urban India and regional variation during the outbreak, among other topics.

Professor Daniel Carey, Director of the Moore Institute at NUI Galway, said that the tragic events in India have shown the devastation caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

“This event offers an opportunity to learn from people living through one of the most terrible episodes that the world has experienced, to hear their stories and to understand how far we are, in global terms, from overcoming the pandemic,” said Professor Carey.

The event’s panellists include Professor Kanchana Mahadevan, a university professor and educator in Mumbai; Dr Sanjay Nagral, a physician in the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, who has written extensively on public health and the ethics of health care in Indian newspapers; Dr Srinivas Raghavendran, an economist at NUI Galway who is currently based in Bangalore; the journalist and commentator Aveek Sen in Calcutta; and Dr Archana Venkatesh, a specialist in rural India.

The  free online event will take place on Wednesday, 19 May at 2pm. To attend the online webinar, register at: https://tinyurl.com/butsasph or https://nuigalway-ie.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_omWY4L5cR0C9ts6DdGz9fg.