COVID-19: Can we really learn from past outbreaks?

Date published
08 Apr 2020
Audio-visual material
Epidemics & pandemics, Health, Response and recovery, COVID-19
Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, Ready Initiative

Professor Karl Blanchet from the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action and select panelists discuss various lessons from past global infectious disease outbreaks through multiple perspectives and disciplines. From severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2005, to H1N1 in 2009, to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, each major outbreak has marked a milestone in the history of infectious diseases. This webinar synthesizes what information has surfaced from these challenges to inform efforts to strengthen governance and response in today’s COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderator: Professor Karl Blanchet, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action


Sharon Abramowitz, PhD – Consultant to UNICEF C4D

Ngozi Erondu, PhD – Associate Fellow, Global Health Programme, Chatham House

Marc Dubois, PhD – Independent Humanitarian Consultant and Senior Fellow at SOAS, University of London