How to End a Pandemic

How to End a Pandemic

The How to End a Pandemic project is a Georgetown University initiative to systematically collect oral histories and insights from people who work in epidemics about how to end epidemics. Our guests come from media, politics, medicine, humanities, the social sciences, public policy, and business to help us answer the question “how can we end pandemics in ways that are smarter, faster, more equitable, and more humane?”


December 4, 2023 75 mins
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Dr. Benova didn’t start off as an infectious disease specialist - Infectious disease research came to her through her work on maternal health during the COVID-19 epidemic. She shares with us her insights into maternal and neonatal health, and shows us how key populations - expectant mothers - are forgotten in disease outbreaks. Dr. Benova explains how using mixed methods and qualitative evidence can help us with the early detection...

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Jackie Thornhill is a communications, policy, and public relations expert currently serving as a Legislative Aide to San Francisco District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. She has created and executed communications plans for multiple elected officials, candidates for elected office, and public agencies. She has coordinated digital engagement and social media campaigns in her roles with City government, including campaigns to educat...

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Quote: "It became a continious debate over who/what would be impacted by response efforts. Was it worth closing schools to keep businesses open? Only time will tell."

From her humble start as a traveling photographer, Anna Barry-Jester walks us through how she became a public  health journalist in the midst of a recession. This exciting role investigating the intersection of health and politics came with the dif...

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Quote: “The big thing back then was; How do we get people to care about health?”

Melody Schreiber is a freelance health and science journalist who regularly writes for the Guardian US, The New Republic, Scientific American, NPR, The Washington Post, and other publications. She is also editor of “What We Didn’t Expect: Personal Stories About Premature Birth.”

Melody's Personal Page: https://melodysc...

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Dr. Magda Robalo, WGH Global Managing Director, is an accomplished global health leader, trailblazer, and a leading voice for gender equality and social justice. She embodies a rich blend of technical, political, and diplomatic skills and experience, forged over thirty years of work across geographies and cultures, with diverse global, regional and local partners, governments, and communities. She is the co-founder ...

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Syra Madad is an American pathogen preparedness expert and infectious disease epidemiologist. Madad is the Senior Director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program at NYC Health + Hospitals where she is part of the executive leadership team which oversees New York City's response to the Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in the city's 11 public hospitals. She was previously featured in the Netflix docum...

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Quote: “No one institution can possibly do it on their own”

Dr Gail Carson is an adult infectious diseases doctor by background who joined the first GOARN (network of institutions preparing and responding to outbreaks) mission to Gulu in 2000. Since then her career has been focussed on outbreak preparedness and response. She was fortunate enough to serve on other missions including time spent at WHO Geneva. While seconded to WHO Gen...

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