YIGH co-sponsored lecture series spotlights conversations with global health decision-makers


The Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) Conversation Series features pivotal decision-makers in the world of global health. Co-sponsored by the George Herbert Walker, Jr. Lecture in International Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, the series aims to cultivate potential areas of collaboration with leading institutions in global health, connect with audiences around the world and foster dialogue regarding the challenges facing global health and wellbeing.

‘Global HIV/AIDS Program Helping in the Fight Against COVID-19’

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December 2, 2021

Speaking at an event commemorating World AIDS Day, Angeli Achrekar, acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, said the extensive public health infrastructure created through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) over the past 18 years is helping many African countries conduct widespread COVID-19 screening, testing and infection control during the pandemic. Saad Omer, director of YIGH, said PEPFAR’s impact in Africa illustrates how a country’s investment in global health can have far-reaching implications – not only in addressing HIV/AIDS, but other major public health issues as well.

Read the full summary on the Yale Institute of Global Health website.

‘Ensuring an Equitable Response to COVID-19 and Beyond’

May 11, 2021

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, joined the Yale Institute of Global Health this week to discuss the status of COVID-19 and its variants around the world and what needs to be done to manage this and future pandemics. More than 500 people joined the virtual conversation to hear how the WHO works with countries around the world on preparedness and response to not only arrest COVID-19, but other diseases and potential health threats.

Read the full summary on the Yale Institute of Global Health website here.


‘Higher Education in a Post-COVID World’ 

April 14, 2021

This panel discussion with university presidents featured; Peter Salovey, President of Yale University and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology; Elizabeth Bradley, President of Vassar College; and Firoz Rasul, President, Aga Khan University. The conversation shed light on changes they made to ensure there was a healthy, safe atmosphere for students, staff and faculty on their campuses. They also shared their views on the impact the pandemic will have on the future of higher education. The conversation was moderated by Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health. 

View the video recording of the event by clicking below:

‘Planet, People, and Prosperity’
March 30, 2021

Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme, discussed the nexus of the planet’s and people’s wellbeing, and how COVID-19 offers a glimpse of our future. 

Introduced by Yale School of Nursing (YSN) Dean Ann Kurth, the conversation was moderated by LaRon Nelson, YSN Associate Dean, Global Affairs and Planetary Health, and Rob Dubrow, Professor of Epidemiology and Faculty Director of the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health. 

View the video recording of this event by clicking below: 

Watch the all of the videos in the conversation series on the YIGH YouTube here.