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GDLN, KDI School Holds A Video Conference on COVID-19

20 Mar, 2020 KDIS News Center 1,899

As the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the coronavirus to be a pandemic, nations find ways to help one another…

The Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) held a joint video conference entitled “Global Knowledge Sharing on the Impact and Responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)” on March 16, 2020, from 13:30 to 15:00. Its participants included faculty and researchers from  Korea, Australia, and WHO Sri Lanka.

The objective of the video conference was to provide a platform for share and discuss the knowledge and the experiences of national experts from countries affected by COVID-19, specifically with regard to measures to contain the virus and its impact.

Professor Namgi Park of Gwangju National University of Education presented the Korean government’s efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak in Korea and the social responses of the public to the government. The social responses discussed include the difficulty in distinguishing real news from fake news, how to correct fake news reports, as well as political issues involving the president.

The side effects of these social responses were also mentioned by Professor Park. These include: deepening mental and physical property infringement; deterioration of trust, leading to conflict, fear and hatred; poor social dynamics and economic loss, especially effecting small businesses; intensified international conflict and falling exchange rates; and lastly, panic buying. He also presented government policies that aim to address the aforementioned issues. The challenge now for other governments is to identify if the Korean experience is the proper method to adopt in their countries.

Next to present was Dr. Meru Sheel of the Research School of Population Health, The Australian National University. The presentation focused on the COVID-19 situation in the Pacific. She discussed the pillars of preparedness that guide the governmental actions in the Pacific. Moreover, she talked about the Global Outbreak Alert Response and Network, which focuses on conducting research during response periods in order to provide a more guided feedback on responses.

Lastly, Dr. Sapumal Dhanapala, National Professional Officer, Emergency Response Team of the WHO Country Office for Sri Lanka, discussed EPI-WIN, which is WHO’s information network in times of epidemics. He provided an overview of the current global situation and WHO’s insights on the pandemic and its containment at national, regional and global levels.

Those who registered to attend were provided a link to access the video conference. Due to the situation and time constraint, the audience were advised to direct their questions to the speakers through the contact details provided.