COVID 19 Response Plan:
Key lessons from the HIV epidemic

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Friday, 29 May, 2020 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM IST - 60 Min

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection or proven therapy to treat it yet, attention is understandably riveting on mitigating the immediate health and economic consequences. Currently, government bodies, community leaders, healthcare providers, and scientists are all toiling to respond to the expanding spread of COVID 19 in India.

While focussing on our acute response to this pandemic is necessary, it is also paramount to think about longer-term strategies in response to SARS-CoV-2. There is a benefit in planning beyond immediate needs and circumstances, considering that even after the current wave of this pandemic subsides, we will not have eradicated SARS-CoV-2. Nor will we be spared from future pandemics of other viruses, whether they be respiratory, enteric or bloodborne. So what can history teach us about successful responses to past infectious disease pandemics?

If one needs proof of the importance of developing and sustaining system-level interventions to meet the ongoing threat, our nation’s response to HIV/AIDS can provide such evidence.

Express Healthcare’s next webinar on healthcare transformation will bring forth the hard-won knowledge that we have acquired from our decades-long interaction with the HIV/AIDS pandemic into practice as we prepare for the future of COVID-19.

Key talk points:
  • Clinical lessons on disaster management, SOPs/ safety protocols for infection control, universal precautions, PPEs, waste disposal etc
  • Mental health issues of health care workers, pre-exposure prophylaxis, post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Addressing social stigma from lessons learnt from HIV
  • Behaviour change communication

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Bhuvana Krishna

Professor & HOD, Department of Critical Care Medicine St Johns Medical College and Hospital

Dr. Glory Alexander Thomas

Director - ASHA Foundation & HIV Physician and Vice President - AIDS Society of India


Raelene Kambli

Special Correspondent, Express Healthcare, Express Diagnostics, Express Radiology and Express Pharma

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Dr. Girdhar Gyani

Dr Girdhar Gyani, is widely recognised as the founder of healthcare quality in India. During his tenure as Secretary-General, Quality Council of India (2003-2012), Dr Gyani played a pivotal role in the formulation and operating of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), for the first time in the country. He was Principal Coordinator in developing of accreditation standard for hospitals and getting it accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). This was followed up with the development of standards for Blood Banks, Radiology Centres, Dental Clinics, Wellness Centres, and AYUSH Hospitals.

NABH has been the single most important initiative which has dramatically changed the healthcare scenario in INDIA, bringing Patient Safety at the centre stage. NABH has emerged as key criteria for evaluation of hospitals for a variety of government and private paying schemes.

Currently, Dr Gyani is working as Director General, Association of Healthcare Providers (India). The Association is registered as ‘not for profit’ NGO, under society registration ACT-1860. AHPI represents the vast majority of healthcare providers in India. The mission of AHPI is to build capacity in the Indian health system with a focus on patient safety and affordability.


Dr. Sanjeev Singh

Dr Snajeev Singh is a Pediatrician by training with Masters in Hospital Management and PhD in Infection Control. He worked as Regional Coordinator in WHO in Disease Eradication Program. He is a Chief of Medical Services at 1350 bed university teaching hospital, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences at Kochi. He has been given additional charge of handling Project of building 2200 bed University teaching hospital at Delhi-NCR. He is also a Technical Advisor to Govt of Kerala for Infection Prevention and AMR Containment.


Viveka Roychowdhury

A Microbio-Biochem graduate, with a post-graduate diploma in Mass Communications, Viveka Roychowdhury is a journalist with close to 2 decades of experience on the pharma and healthcare beat. She started her career as Editor of the in-house journal of one of India's oldest pharma companies before joining as a Reporter on the pharma beat in the Financial Express, Mumbai. She was part of the editorial team that started Express Pharma Pulse in 1994, which was at the time, India's first pharma focused business publication. She has been Editor, Express Pharma from July 2007 and Editor, Express Healthcare since September 2010. She has been invited as a speaker, panelist at industry conferences as well as a guest lecturer at mass communication institutes, speaking on science, health & environmental reporting.