Women and Children: How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their health

This session will explore the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of indirect impacts on women and children. What were experts predicting would happen, what we know has happened, and what is yet to be understood.

Presentation is followed by a moderated Q&A with IGHS Executive Director Dr. Jaime Sepulveda and IGHS MS student Tanvi Gurazada.

Dilys Walker, MD
Dr. Walker works jointly in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF. Dr. Walker is also affiliate faculty in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she was Associate Director for the Center for Global Women Adolescent and Child Health. Dilys is a visiting Professor in Reproductive Health at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, where she worked from 1998- 2009.

Her principal research interests are maternal mortality and morbidity, abortion, family planning, and adolescent reproductive health with a focus in Latin America. Dr. Walker and her team developed a novel approach to emergency obstetric training, PRONTO, using highly-realistic low-cost simulation and team training to improve both obstetric and neonatal outcomes. Dr. Walker is president and co-founder of PRONTO International, an NGO dedicated to making birth safer for mothers, infants and their providers. Dr. Walker collaborates with partners in Mexico, Guatemala and Kenya. She is collaborating with Care India on a mentor training program using simulation and team-training for midwives throughout the state of Bihar, India.



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