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08 Mar 2022

16 March: COVID in the Global South Symposium

On 16 March 2022, Cambridge Global ChallengesCambridge-Africa and Cambridge Public Health are hosting the COVID-19 in the Global South Symposium from 14:00 – 16:00 GMT. This event will showcase cross-School interdisciplinary research on COVID-19 undertaken during the pandemic and highlight the impact that this work has achieved. It will include an overview of a range of this research, as well as a summary of projects supported by Cambridge-Africa Alborada grants. The event will take place online and in-person at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.



2.00 – 2.10: Pauline Rose (Cambridge Global Challenges) – Welcome & introductions

2.10 – 2.30: Tabitha Mwangi (Cambridge-Africa) – Overview of Cambridge COVID research in collaboration with the Global South

2.30 – 3.10: Flash talks, chaired by Alan Blackwell (Cambridge Global Challenges)

2.30 – 2.40: Sharath Srivinasan (POLIS) and Luke Church (Department of Computer Science and Technology) – Responding to COVID-19 in Somalia: interactive mass media, 1-to-1 messaging and rapid insights from citizen feedback

2.40 – 2.50: Stephanie Diepeveen (POLIS) – Demystifying the COVID-19 infodemic: A comparative study of COVID-19 conspiracies from Africa

2.50 – 3.00: Louise Yorke (Education) – The effects of COVID-19 on education in Ethiopia: Informing short- and medium-term policy responses

3.00 – 3.10: Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi (Public Health) – Use of an mHealth Interactive Voice Response tool to support COVID response in Uganda

3.10 – 3.40: Discussion

3.40 – 3.50: Hilary Perrott (Strategic Partnership Office) – Reflections from the Strategic Partnership Office

3.50 – 4.00: Caroline Trotter (Cambridge-Africa and Cambridge Public Health) – Summary and What Next?

4.00: Coffee & Tea

If you have any questions, please email

For more information and to register, please click here.

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