Close-to-community providers, gender and COVID-19 webinar

4 August 2021

This webinar has taken place – watch the recording here.


Join us for this webinar  – Close-to-community providers in fragile settings and vulnerable communities during crisis: Gender and COVID-19 – presented in collaboration with the Thematic Working Group on Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings. It is being held on 30th September 2021 at 11am-12.30pm UTC/12-1.30pm BST.

Close-to-community health care providers, such as community health workers, play a vital role in supporting their local health systems. Their roles can be particularly crucial in fragile and shock-prone settings and during times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This webinar is an opportunity to hear how those three factors – gender, COVID-19 and fragility – are interplaying in the work and lives of close-to-community health care providers in Brazil, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and Nepal. We will also be presenting on overview of the global situation for these vital workers.


  • ChairJoanna Raven, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • What do we know about gender, health workers and COVID-19 from the global literature?Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and public health professionals in Brazil – Brunah Schall, René Rachou Research Institute, Fiocruz Minas, Brazil
  • Crises in Lebanon: The role of close-to-community providers during COVID-19Rouham Yamout, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Close-to-community providers, gender and COVID-19 in NepalAbriti Arjyal, HERD International, Nepal
  • Questions and answers
  • Feminist plan for sustainability and social justice post COVID-19Silke Staab, UN Women

This webinar has taken place – watch the recording here.