On June 17, 2020, the Regional Bureau for Arab States kicked off its AHDR Webinar Series 2020, focusing on Human Development in the Arab States in the time of COVID-19. The first of the series looked at Public Health in the Arab Region. Participants discussed morbidity and mortality rates related to COVID-19; unique vulnerabilities at community and state levels, linked to the particular conditions of the region; and the risks, successes and recommendations for effective COVID-19 responses with the goal of decreasing inequities.

Moderator: Rima Afifi, Professor and Interim Head, Director of Graduate Studies, Director, Prevention Research Center for Rural Health at the University of Iowa


Key messages

Investing in public health capacities and resilience:

Data concerns and the need for evidence-based interventions:

Impact on communities facing multiple vulnerabilities:

Turning a crisis into an opportunity – achieving health equity:

A full recording of the webinar is available here.