Friday, May 14, 2021

[Webinar] On the Frontlines: Filipino/Filipinx Healthcare Workers - New York University

On May 4, 2021, I joined Emerson Ea, Assistant Dean at NYU's Rory Meyers College of Nursing and Clinical Nurse Manager Kym Villamer in discussing the experiences of Filipino healthcare workers in the Philippines, United States, and beyond, in a session moderated by Wagner Professor John Gershman and organized by Sulo: Philippine Studies Initiative at NYU, KJCC, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School Office of International Programs, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, and the New York Southeast Asia Network.

In my presentation, I argued that healthcare workers in the Philippines are not just in the medical frontlines, they are in the political frontlines as well, serving as voices of reason (and resistance) amid the incompetent response of the Duterte administration. 

More information at NYU Wagner.

Friday, April 9, 2021

[Webinar] Insights for public health policy - Philippine Public Policy Network

On April 9, 2021, I presented a talk analyzing the Philippines' pandemic response as part of a webinar organized by the Philippine Public Policy Network, entitled "Moving to the Next Normal: Behavioral Insights for Public Health Policy". Joining me in the session moderated by Dr. Jalton Taguibao were Prof. Marie Fe Mendoza who gave opening remarks, Joanne Yoong who offered behavioral insights, as well as Senator Risa Hontiveros who related the pandemic with universal health care. 

My presentation focused on the following 'pathologies' of the country's COVID response, namely (1) the 'responsibilization of the individual'; (2) "covidization” of health care; (3) “one size fits all” solutions; and (4) (mis)use of science and expertise. Taken together, these elements characterize what I call 'medical authoritarianism' in the country. 

Sunday, January 24, 2021

[Webinar] Preparing the Frontline for the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: Learning from the Past

On January 22, 2021, I joined a panel of experts in sharing regional experiences about vaccination as part of the webinar series organized by the BMJ, Asian Development Bank and UNICEF to "explore key challenges from past vaccine campaigns and facilitate a discussion to support countries with their Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

I shared a presentation entitled "Vaccine risk communication: Lessons from the Philippines" which center on insights from the dengue vaccine controversy, drawing on WHO guidelines for vaccine safety communication as framework.  

Joining me in the panel were Dr Patrick L. Osewe: Chief of Health Sector Group, Asian Development Bank; Ms Lulu Ariyantheny Dewi, Epidemiologist, Immunization Sub‐Directorate, Ministry of Health Indonesia; and Ms Wendy Erasmus, Chief Health, UNICEF Pacific Islands. The webinar was moderated by Dr. Ashley McKimm, Director of Partnership Development, BMJ.

For more information and for a future upload of the recording, please visit the BMJ website.


Friday, December 11, 2020

[Keynote] ReLocations Symposium - Medical Populism and the Global South

On November 26, 2020, as part of the ReLocations Symposium at the University of Toronto, I gave a keynote lecture entitled " Medical Populism and the Global South". The summary of the presentation was as follows: 

COVID-19 has highlighted both the role of political leadership in public health - and the tendency of leaders to engage in simplification, spectacularization, and forging of divisions in responding to the pandemic. What are the specific conditions of possibility in the Global South that enable medical populists to thrive? My presentation will make use of illustrative examples in the Asia Pacific that illustrate different instantiations of medical populism as well as alternative styles of health governance. 

The event was hosted by University of Toronto's: School of Cities, Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, Institute for the History of Philosophy of Science and Technology, and Department of Political Science.