The School of Public Health led by Ashish Jha and Center for Contemporary South Asia led by Ashutosh Varshney will hold a day-long conference on Covid-19 and South Asia. The focus will be on variations. While it is clear that while the pandemic affected all countries, the outcomes varied significantly. Suffering in some countries was substantially greater, as was also true of the levels of suffering in different parts of a given country. How might we account for the variations in outcome? Government policies, the strength of public health systems, citizen mobilization, vaccine availability and administration have all mattered in different ways. We need to begin to understand how these various factors, and potentially others, came together to generate the outcomes we have thus far observed.
Following the norms of our times, the conference will have a hybrid format. Some speakers, especially from South Asia, will appear virtually. Those in the US will mostly appear in person, though some from the US, too, may participate virtually. Members of the Brown Community may register to attend in person, all others are invited to join via zoom.
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