Mon, May 18 2020 to Mon, May 18 2020
While countries around the world are working to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan has started moving towards easing the lockdown to save its economy and people going hungry due to unemployment. What are the likely health risks of removing the lock down in Pakistan, and how can we balance health risks against economic costs faced by individuals? What types of social distancing measures are feasible in a context like Pakistan? What constraints does state capacity impose on an effective response? How can public trust be built to fight the outbreak?
To get answers to all these question, join us for the fourteenth session of LUMS Live: Flattening the Curve in the Pakistani Context. Distinguished panelists for this session, planned in collaboration with the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre at LUMS, include Dr. Samia Altaf - Physician and Public Health Specialist, Mosharraf Zaidi - Policy Analyst and Columnist, Dr. Sameen Mohsin Ali - Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS and Dr. Shaper Mirza - Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS.
Date: May 18, 2020
Time: 4 pm (PKT)
Moderated by Dr. Ali Cheema, Director, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre and Associate Professor, Department Of Economics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, the session will be broadcast live via the LUMS Facebook page. Tune in and listen our panelists as they discuss and analyse the way forward for the country to bring the corona cases down.
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Profiles of Panelists
Dr. Samia Altaf - Physician and Public Health Specialist
Dr. Samia Altaf, a physician and public health specialist is author of So Much Aid: So Little Development, stories about Pakistan's health sector. Her career has focused on the design and management of complex health delivery systems. She has consulted internationally for UN agencies and for the Government of Pakistan. She been on faculty at Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi and has worked for the US Government in Washington DC, and for USAID. Dr. Samia graduated from University of Punjab’s Fatima Jinnah Medical College and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She is certified by American Board of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and was Woodrow Wilson Center’s 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar.
Mosharraf Zaidi - Policy Analyst and Columnist
Mosharraf Zaidi is a public policy professional with over two decades of experience in complex political environments. He is the CEO of Tabadlab, a policy think tank, and his most recent assignment was to lead the Alif Ailaan campaign, to help address Pakistan’s education crisis. He was CEO/Campaign Director from the campaign’s founding in 2013 to its end in August 2018. He has served as a Former Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan, and has advised governments and international organizations on international aid, education, technology and trade. He was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014. Mosharraf writes a regular column for The News in Pakistan, and occasionally for other publications including Foreign Policy, the Indian Express, and the New York Times. He is a frequent contributor to television and radio.
Dr. Sameen Mohsin Ali - Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Dr. Sameen Mohsin Ali completed her PhD in Politics from SOAS University of London in 2018. Her teaching and research interests include comparative politics, bureaucratic and party politics, and public health governance, with a particular focus on immunization.
Dr. Shaper Mirza - Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS
Dr. Shaper Mirza is a recognised researcher in the areas of molecular pathogenesis. She has authored several papers in high impact factor journals and serves as an editor for two journals. Her specialised areas of teaching at LUMS include immunology and bacterial pathogenesis. Dr. Shaper has also developed a lab at the University which is currently investigating the role of hyperglycemia, characteristic of type-2 diabetes in impairment in immune functions of neutrophils and CD4+T cells. Prior to joining LUMS in 2015, she served as an Assistant Professor since 2008, at The University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center in the Division of Epidemiology Human Genetics and Environmental Health.