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ITM alumni webinar #2 - Corona in Ecuador: Social Determinants and Response

With Dr Rodrigo Henriquez, Professor and Researcher at the Universidad de Las Américas, Quito

22 Apr 202015:00 - 16:00

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Ecuador has been described in April 2020 as emerging as the "epicentre" of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America. The Corona-outbreak overwhelmed emergency services, hospitals and funeral parlours. In particular, the largest city and nation’s main port of Guayaquil has been very affected.

This second ITM alumni webinar on COVID-19 will focus on the social determinants and the pandemic response in Ecuador. What is the role of social determinants in disease transmission, their influence on how to maintain the lockdown and resume economical activities? How to deal with fast elaboration of consensus on diagnosis and treatment given the plethora of non-peer reviewed information? And how to increase the diagnostic capacity of the health system to identify, isolate or discharge suspects?

These questions will be discussed by ITM alumnus Dr Rodrigo Henriquez, member of several technical groups reviewing or developing consensus about diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, as well as on the implementation of diagnostic laboratories and deployment of diagnostic strategies at the primary care level.

Register via Zoom.



In the webinar series, ITM alumni present their impressions on the current situation of the COVID-19 outbreak in their country and/or in specific health-related fields (e.g. maternal health), and highlight how they are engaged in this global fight against the pandemic. The main aim of this webinar series is to share experiences, expertise and good practices within the ITM community of alumni, students, staff, partner institutions and global health community. 


  • Dr Rodrigo Henriquez, Professor and Researcher at the OneHealth Research Group, Universidad de Las Américas, Quito


  • Prof Dr Lut Lynen, Head of Department of Clinical Sciences, ITM