Taking Stock, Looking Forward: African Perspectives on Occupational Safety & Health in the time of COVID
COVID-19 has laid bare fundamental gaps in health at both policy and practice level in Africa. Workers in the informal sectors are the backbone of many African economies, yet have fared worst in COVID-19 response efforts and access to care. Even the health sector itself in many countries has displayed major deficits.
With the problems so clearly evident, is this the moment to make major adjustments to improve public and worker health? What is needed to adopt a systems approach that would make workplaces more resilient and able to cope with outbreaks and emergencies? What would it take to put occupational health at the centre of the discourse on African countries’ development agendas? Might focusing on holistic occupational safety and health management systems (OSHMS) be a way forward?
We are honoured to hear from three experts who are currently grappling with these questions from different angles and from different parts of the continent:
- Dr. Maymunah Kadiri, a mental health physician from Nigeria; she is the Medical Director/CEO, Pinnacle Medical Services Lagos, Nigeria.
- Dr.Moyo Dingani, a specialist in occupational medicine in Zimbabwe and lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa.
- Chimwemwe Chamdimba, who is Principal Policy Specialist of AUDA/NEPAD based in South Africa.
Our Moderator is Ehi Iden, President, OSHAfrica.
This webinar will take place on Zoom, Thursday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3:00 p.m. West Africa Time. Check your local time here.
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We welcome you to what is certain to be a challenging and stimulating discussion.
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