The COVID-19 Crisis: From Past Experience to Present Realities

April 16, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

In an unprecedented and fast evolving global crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic challenges both global health and religious practice in profound ways. Two recent events, on March 11 and April 6, organized by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, reflect a continuing effort to learn from evolving experience, with a focus on communities that face large vulnerabilities and enhancing individual and collective responses from religious communities to the crisis. The intention is to continue this series of discussions in different formats, some taking a broad view and some more focused on specific topics and communities.

On April 16, conveners of the Faith and COVID-19: Resource Repository, Katherine Marshall, David Robinson, and Olivia Wilkinson, were joined by three people who are directly involved in COVID-19 responses in Africa: Sister Barbara Brillant, FMM, of Mother Patern College of Health Sciences and the National Catholic Health Council of Liberia; Daleen Raubenheimer-Foot, technical advisor for Channels of Hope at World Vision in South Africa; and Peter Kwame Yeboah, executive director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG). The goal of the conversation was to add to our knowledge about what is happening at country and community levels and to ensure continued learning from experience. Four lessons from the Ebola experience are discussed in this article, which provided framing for this event.

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