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Kerala Fight : Corona pandemic
Sat May 2, 8:30 PM
Lamakaan Programme council
Lamakaan-an open cultural space has been organising variety of events for its audiences. Post lockdown, Lamakaan has decided to do some online events as well.

In coming days, we have planned a series of panel discussions pertaining to the Covid19 pandemic. The first of the series of panel discussion that we are planning to organise online will be held on 2nd of May at 8:30 PM. The topic of this panel discussion will be " Kerala : Fight with Corona pandemic "

Kerala was one of the early hubs of India's Covid19 crisis. As far back in Feb, Kerala Minister for Health ordered screening at all four of the States airports and a few days later the Chief Minister announced a lockdown -- one that was seemingly more effective than the national lockdown - in some part because it was more humane. How did Kerala fund the capacity to respond to an emergent pandemic even before the WHO had declared it as one. What marks the states health infrastructure that allowed for such agility? What about the interface between government, medical teams and citizens which allowed for such a response.

These and other important questions will be taken up by three doctors / scientists speaking in this panel. This online panel discussion will be co hosted by Lamakaan, Hyderabad and ICW, USA.

This panel discussion will be relayed through Google conference link. This event is for Hyderabad, National and International audience.

I would request you to join us on this panel discussion. After the discussion, speakers will take a few questions as well.

The four esteemed speakers for this event on 2nd May 2020 at 8:30PM are as follows :

Ekbal B, He chairs the epidemic response committee, and past president of the KSSP

Dr. Antony Kollannur 
Former Director, State Health Resource Centre, Chhattisgarh

Dr.Jayakrishnan, Prof of Community Medicine in Kozhikode Medical Collage.

Dr. Amar Fettle, State Nodal Officer for Covid-19.

The discussion will be moderated by:
Dr Saleema Razvi works with the Copenhagen Consensus Centre on economic evaluation of health interventions. She did her PhD from IIFT.

Joining info: Lamakaan FB live, Lamakaan YouTube live.


From : Lamakaan-An open cultural space, Hyderabad's
Covid In India: Do they add up?
Sat May 16, 8:00 PM
This is an ONLINE event:

Use one of the following links to join us on this Saturday evening.

Google Meet:

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Event Description:

In early March, the world looked towards India with obvious panic. What would a country of 1.3 billion with a weak health infrastructure do as the pandemic spreads? The New Yorker anticipated that covid19 would "rip through" the country while others predicted devastation. One epidemiologist went as far as to warm of 200 million or more people being infected. But after 5 weeks of the lockdown, none of this has come to pass. This has resulted in some commentators declaring that the lockdown has been successful. Has it? Because even as the PM announced an eased lockdown the first 4 days of May have seen a steady increase in new cases and COVID related deaths. Then there has been the testing mantra - that the numbers are vastly under-reported because testing rates are abysmally low. But others challenge this outlook by pointing to the fact that neither have hospitals been overwhelmed nor is there an inexplicable spike in the death rate. How then does one explain the low numbers and what is being reported from hospitals? And what does the future hold? How complicated will the story of testing and vaccines be as we move forward? What has happened in India over the last 6 weeks Has produced answers for very few questions and opened up several new ones. These will be the subject of the Lamakaan / ICWI panel discussion where three of the most distinguished experts come together to help us think this through.

Our Panelists:

Prof. Jayaprakash Muliyil, Professor of Community Health, Former Principal CMC Vellore.

Dr. Prabir Chatterjee - Director of State Health System Resource Centre of Chhattisgarh govt in Raipur.

Dr. Radha Rangarajan, Chief Scientific Officer, HealthCubed

Dr.Saleema Razvi (Moderator), Research Economist, Copenhagen Consensus.