April 16, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Zoom Webinar

COVID-19 has the potential to push public healthcare systems in the Middle East past their current capabilities.The number of coronavirus cases in the Middle East has risen to nearly 60,000, double the amount only a week ago. How will this current pandemic impact the region’s health care systems and preparedness for future crises? The Middle East Institute (MEI) will bring together a panel of experts to look beyond the immediate impact of COVID-19 on public healthcare systems in the Middle East. This group of experts will discuss the long term effects on the region's public health systems and if this will cause them to become more resilient in the face of future threats. 

What will this current crisis mean for the future of the region’s health care systems?  What steps should public health services be taking now to ensure they will be better prepared for the next pandemic?  What is the role of international organizations like the World Health Organization to help regional public health services build resilience into their systems?

This event is part of a series on human rights in the MENA region in the face of Covid-19.


Amir Afkhami
Associate professor, George Washington University

Omid Nikfarjam

Amira Roess
Professor of global health and epidemiology, George Mason University

Ross Harrison, moderator
Senior fellow, MEI