The world is exhausted with this pandemic. Yet, the virus perseveres, mutating in ways that have made it far more contagious. This has created a dangerous situation. Many communities want restrictions lifted, even as the need to curb the virus has never been greater. David Nabarro, special envoy of the World Health Organization for Covid-19, explains in this episode that it is vital to reduce the presence of the virus now before it mutates further to evade vaccines. Colleagues have told him that the Delta Variant could be within two mutations of being able to do that, Nabarro reports. The Delta Variant is spreading rapidly in Africa, where very few people have yet to be vaccinated, as well as among the unvaccinated even in rich countries with relatively high levels of vaccination.
Dr. Lucky Aziken, an optometrist in Nigeria, is one of many health providers working to hold back the spread. He describes how he organized safety measures for one of Nigeria’s most vulnerable populations, inmates in the country’s 240 prisons. Co-host Claudia Romo Edelman talks with Dr. Nabarro about how she lost her own mother to Covid-19 and how each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus.
While we cannot vaccinate our way out of the crisis, greater vaccine supply must be part of the long term solution. Co-host Edie Lush speaks with the CEO of the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world, Adar C. Poonawalla of the Serum Institute of India during the India Global Forum. He urges a global plan to have vaccine manufacturing capacity standing by in the next pandemic.
Also appearing in this episode are South African nutritionist Jane Badham and Holly Wheeler, a global health advocate.
David Nabarro is the Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and supports systems leadership for sustainable development through his Switzerland based social enterprise 4SD. From March 2020, Mr. Nabarro is appointed Special Envoy of WHO Director General on COVID-19.
In October 2018, he received the World Food Prize together with Lawrence Haddad for their leadership in raising the profile and building coalitions for action for better nutrition across the Sustainable Development Goals.
Lucky Aziken is an exceptional Optometrist working to provide sustainable access to quality and affordable eye care services in neglected communities in Nigeria. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vision Care Givers International, a frontline Non-profit working in eye health, health education and community development.
He is a Commonwealth Scholar, Mandela Washington fellow, LEAP Africa fellow and One Young World Ambassador, serving as the chairman of the One Young World Healthcare local and global working group.
Jane has a BSc. Dietetics Degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospital Dietetics, Master’s degree in Nutrition (cum laude) and a Diploma in Marketing Management (cum laude). She has also trained as a partnership broker with the international Partnership Brokers Association.
Jane’s has been running her own global health communication and strategy business, JB Consultancy, for over 28 years. JB Consultancy is a health and nutrition communication, strategy, facilitation and research management company. It focuses on trends, food law, policy, micronutrient malnutrition and maternal, infant and young child nutrition. JB Consultancy is well known for its skills in taking the international and national food/health regulations and evidence-based science of health and nutrition to diverse audiences.
Holly Wheeler rather likes people and is curious about how we can all learn to be the best version of ourselves in these complex times and make our contribution. An insightful, creative leadership partner and change practitioner and thinker, she enjoys working with local people, professionals, and politicians to get lasting results and embed learning. She’s spent the last two decades helping leaders in public, private and voluntary sectors internationally developing their capability to navigate complex adaptive systems, connect and become storytellers, recognise value and hold risk. Her current preoccupations include asking ‘What’s your unique and purposeful work?’, and exploring the concept of generative knowing – a different approach to KM. Out of hours, she mostly attends to her nine year old son, and to herbs: growing, cooking and studying them largely keeps her out of trouble.
Adar Poonawalla is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Serum Institute of India. Founded in 1966 by his father Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla, it is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by the number of doses produced, as of 2017.
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