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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

[Presentation] Annual Corazon B. Lamug Lecture - Medical populism and the COVID-19 pandemic

On November 25, 2020, upon the invitation of UP Los BaƱos' Department of Social Sciences, I delivered the Annual Corazon B. Lamug Lecture in honor of the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and one of the foremost sociologists of her time. 

In the presentation, I discussed my work on medical populism and how this style of leadership has impacted the pandemic response in the Philippines and around the world. 

[Webinar] UGAT 42nd Annual Conference - COVID-19 in the Philippines: A Multi-species Perspective

As the opening activity of the Luzon leg of Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao (UGAT)'s 42nd Annual Conference this year - moved virtually across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao - I delivered a lecture entitled "COVID-19 in the Philippines: A Multi-species Perspective" on November 16, 2020. The lecture was organized by UGAT together with De La Salle University's Social Development Research Center and the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and was in keeping with conference theme, "Anthropology of Encounters".

A summary of the talk can be found here and in UGAT's website. The other lectures and speeches can be found in the website as well. This marks the third straight year that I have presented and participated in the annual gathering of the country's association of anthropologists.