Decolonising Global Health in the wake of COVID-19: Reconciling the Ethics of the Global Movement with Diverse Local Values

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2021•04•06    12:00 - 13:00
    Kuala Lumpur

    Link to recording of event

    The enormity of the burden placed on health systems and societies by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring many of the major challenges of global health into sharp focus, including the moral imperative to decolonize systems and structures of global health in the pursuit of global justice.

    In this seminar, Professor Krushil Watene (Associate Professor, Massey University, New Zealand) and Dr Seye Abimbola (Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney and Editor in Chief, BMJ Global Health) will be joined by Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram (Deputy Director, Global Health Institute, King’s College London and Chair, IRG-GHJ) in an open discussion about the ethical values underpinning the decolonizing movement in global health. Drawing upon experiences in New Zealand, Australia, Nigeria and beyond, the conversation will delve specifically into how the values of this global movement align or conflict with diverse ethical values at the local level.

    What can we learn by examining this interface between the local and global in decolonizing health, and how can we leverage these lessons towards more ethical, just, and inclusive global health movements for the post-COVID future?


    Professor Krushil Watene Associate Professor, Massey University, New Zealand

    Dr Seye Abimbola, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, Australia, and Editor in Chief, BMJ Global Health


    Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram, Deputy Director, Global Health Institute, King’s College London and Chair, IRG-GHJ

    When: Tuesday 6 April

    Time: 12:00 PM MYT / 2:00 PM AEST

    Registration: Click Here

    Join us at 12:00 PM MYT (UCT+8) on Tuesday 6 April to hear the reflections of the panel and to pose your own questions on this topic.

    The event is open to all and will also be live-streamed on our dedicated YouTube channel. Pre-registration is encouraged.

    The United Nations University’s International Institute for Global Health is the designated UN think tank on global health, serving as a policy translation hub for UN member states, agencies, and programmes. The Institute generates policy-relevant analysis by applying a gender lens to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health programmes.

    The Independent Resource Group for Global Health Justice is a group of philosophers from around the world who have come together to help support the global COVID-19 response, make visible global justice issues, and support global public deliberation on the profound ethical choices facing us.