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ITM alumni webinar #3 - Corona in India: PHC Preparedness and Lockdown Effects

With Prashanth N S from the Institute of Public Health in Bangalore

06 May 202014:00 - 15:00

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The coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 26,000 people in India even as the nation extended the world's strictest complete lockdown to combat spreading of the highly contagious pathogen.
What is the current situation of the spread of COVID-19 in India? How is India organising primary health care (PHC) preparedness in order respond to the COVID-19 epidemic? Which are the inequitable effects of the lockdown? Which are the main challenges the country is facing in the fight against COVID-19?

These questions will be discussed by ITM alumnus Dr Prashanth N S (MPH 2008 and PhD 2015), involved in the Corona-outbreak in India as a steering member of the COVID-19 Primary Health Care Action Group and responsible for preparing checklists and resources for improving PHC preparedness in India.

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 Prashanth N S, Assistant Director (Research) & DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance and Fellow at Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru, India


  • Prof Dr Bart Criel, professor and MPH course director at ITM