Global Health & Education webinar series
10 December 2020
Professor Terje Andreas Eikemo, Professor of Sociology, Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN), Dept of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Photo: Elin Iversen/ NTNU
Professor Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health, Population Health Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Caroline Costongs, Director of EuroHealthNet, Belgium
The Journal Health Education is the official journal of our webinar series and aims to support the UNESCO Chair’s mission of sharing knowledge to support the global community.
Historically, pandemics have been experienced unequally with higher rates of infection and mortality among lower educated people, particularly in more socially unequal countries. Emerging evidence suggests that these inequalities are being mirrored today in the COVID-19 pandemic. Both then and now, these inequalities have emerged through the syndemic nature of COVID-19—as it interacts with and exacerbates existing social inequalities in chronic disease and the social determinants of health. In this webinar we ask if education can be seen as a “social vaccine” against fatal outcomes of the pandemic.
Our speakers’ contributions
In this webinar the following three questions were addressed:
Why can education be seen as a “social vaccine” against COVID-19?
The presentation of Prof. Terje A. Eikemo
Why is COVID-19 in fact a syndemic pandemic?
The presentation of Prof. Clare Bambra
How can the “social vaccine” be implemented in public policies?
The presentation of Caroline Costongs
Full video of the webinar
How do you rate the medical impact of COVID-19 on people’s health?
How do you rate the impact of COVID-19 on inequalities in our societies?
Describe in key words what you think could best protect our populations against the negative consequences of COVID-19
The participants’ comments
Bambra C, Riordan R, Ford J, et al. The COVID-19 pandemic and health inequalities. J Epidemiol Community Health 2020;74:964-968.
CHAIN Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research. Infographic: The COVID-19 pandemic and health inequalities: we are not all in it together. 2020 EuroHealthNet.
Making the link: health, education, and inequality – Policy précis. 2020 EuroHealthNet.