Produced for the Australian Government's Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, this fortnightly podcast will bring you insightful information and updates on what is shaping the future of global health.
Developing a fit-for-purpose Covid-19 vaccine programme in Papua New Guinea: A conversation with Mr Api Kassman
Vaccine hesitancy has been a particular challenge for governments and health teams around the world as COVID-19 vaccines have been rolled out. In Papua New Guinea, a country still seeking to embed a system of routine childhood vaccinations, the rollout presented a challenge for the health workforce.
Our guest this week is Mr Api Kassman, Executive Director of the National Vaccine Task Force in Papua New Guinea. We discuss his involvement in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in PNG and how the country’s first adult targeted vaccine program was rolled out. Mr Kassman speaks about the need for a shift in strategy to include fit-for-purpose, culturally appropriate interventions.
We encourage you to join the conversation at @CentreHealthSec.
Who is funding R&D for emerging infectious diseases? Dr Paul Barnsley, Policy Cures Research
Last month at the Global Health Security Conference in Singapore, Policy Cures Research launched their second edition of the Landscape of Emerging Infectious Disease Research and Development funding report, supported by the Australian Government.
Our guest this week is Dr Paul Barnsley, Senior Analyst at Policy Cures Research, and the lead author of the report, who joins us to talk about its key findings.
We discuss how R&D funding for Ebola ultimately led to success in creating a stable of products that limits its risk of its pandemic potential. Plus, how the unprecedented R&D response to the Covid-19 pandemic is reshaped the funding landscape for emerging infectious disease R&D into the future.
Dr Barnsley also speaks about the promising new entrants in EID R&D funding from low to middle income countries, given that they are often the countries that epidemic disease does most harm.
We hope you join the conversation at @CentreHealthSec and follow Policy Cures Research at @PCuresResearch.
To access Policy Cures Research reports, visit https://www.policycuresresearch.org/analysis/To access G-FINDER data, visit https://gfinderdata.policycuresresearch.org/
Towards resilience: Professor Mika Salminen, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
As the global health community continues to examine how prepared we were for a pandemic, this week’s episode asks – how can we move the conversation forward to future resilience, and what systems can be put in place to ensure we can withstand future pandemics?
Our guest this week is Professor Mika Salminen, the Director of Health Security at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. We discuss the World Health Organization’s Joint External Evaluations (JEEs) and States Parties Annual Reports (SPARs), and what he’s learned through his work focussing on measurement systems of health outcomes.
Much of the dialogue around Covid-19 is around what is currently happening, but Professor Salminen discusses the importance of thinking about what we can do better to safeguard against the next pandemic so that we do not need the prolonged global shutdowns that have had major consequences on our health, welfare, and economies – particularly in low-income countries.
This conversation was recorded at the recent Global Health Security Conference in Singapore. We hope you join the conversation at @CentreHealthSec and follow Professor Salminen’s work at @mika_salminen and @THLresearch.
Redesigning systems to focus on people, not pathogens: A conversation with Dr Fifa Rahman and Dr Bill Rodriguez
As we move from COVID-19 as a pandemic, to COVID-19 as a virus, this week’s episode asks – what did we learn about pandemic response as a global health community? In particular, what did we learn about applying a global health response in middle- and low-economically developed countries? And what can we do better next time?
Our guests this week are Dr Bill Rodriguez, the Chief Executive Officer of FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics, and Dr Fifa Rahman, the Principal Consultant at Matahari Global Solutions, and a Permanent NGO Representative on the WHO Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.
We discuss the successes of the international community during the pandemic, such as the unprecedented international coordination and the rapid development of health technologies have been vital to the pandemic response. But both guests point out that too often these measures were implemented without sufficient input from the people who are affected. We ask how we can work towards a future pandemic response that decentralises the decision making and control of the tools of global health and empowers people and communities to make decisions about their needs.
As we move from COVID as a pandemic to COVID as a virus, it’s incumbent on the global health community to take the lessons from this pandemic and strengthen our systems and processes for the next pandemic. This is the conversation is the first step in that process.
We hope you join the conversation @CentreHealthSec and follow Bill and Fifa’s work @FINDdx and @fifarahman.
Discussions from the Future Funding Priorities in Health Security in the Indo-Pacific Roundtables: A conversation with Professor Jodie McVernon, The Doherty Institute
The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security has begun a series of roundtables across the country on Future Funding Priorities.
At the recent roundtable in Melbourne Robin Davies, First Assistant Secretary of the Global Health Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Head of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, spoke to Professor Jodie McVernon, the Director of Epidemiology at the The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.
Professor McVernon has become a leading voice on disease spread and control during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation follows her work at The Doherty Institute and the Institute’s ongoing partnerships with DFAT.
Professor McVernon talks about how DFAT and the Doherty Institute worked together to help governments in the Indo-Pacific track and respond to COVID.
Professor McVernon explains how DFAT and the Doherty Institute’s data for decision making partnership helped strengthen systems and inform clinical decision making, such as where in PNG the government needed to deploy its limited supply of oxygen.
It's an important conversation as we look to the next stage of our work in the region.
Learn more about Professor McVernon’s work on the Doherty Institute’s website and the SPARK investment page.
Australia’s Partnership for Human Development in Timor Leste: A conversation with Armandina Gusmao Amaral
Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Stephanie Williams, is back on the road to meet with Australia’s partners in the region and learn about how they have fared during the pandemic.
On today’s episode, Ambassador Williams speaks to Armandina Gusmao Amaral, the Program Director at the Partnership for Human Development. Mana Dina is a stalwart of public health and development in Timor Leste, having worked with AusAID, then the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 2004. She developed her passion for healthcare and serving her community watching her late father work as a nurse when she was a child, and she has dedicated her career to helping develop Timor Leste’s health sector.
Mana Dina and Stephanie talk about building resilient health systems in Timor Leste and how the pandemic has challenged the work of the Partnership for Human Development. Mana Dina talks about how her passion for working with people and communities has helped her work in coordination, engagement and management of health systems. We also discuss Mana Dina’s work mentoring the next generation of health workers in Timor Leste and what more needs to be done to not only strengthen the healthcare system in our region, but also develop the pipeline of talented healthcare workers from doctors and nurses, to public health professionals.
We hope you enjoy the conversation and learn more about the Partnership for Human Development’s work at http://phd.tl/