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Conversations on COVID-19, Webinar Series

Next Webinar: Men and Covid 19 – How are men affected by Covid 19 and how can the response better include them?

Join on the 17th of July 2020

GMT: 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Irish Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (GMT+1)


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Gender Equality is a central component of any humanitarian to development response. In the context of Covid 19 this is also the case. Women and Men, Boys and Girls are all affected by Covid 19. Much of the commentary so far indicates that women are more affected by Covid 19 in terms of high numbers of cases and serious secondary consequences around domestic violence for example. However, men seem more prone to severe episodes of the disease (perhaps related to diet and smoking) and more likely to die than women. Men also work in sectors of the economy, transport and construction for example, that might put them at a high risk.  

This discussion will put a specific focus on men, the impact of Covid 19 on them directly and indirectly. It will also explore how well the response is addressing the particular needs of men. 

Our speakers will be invited to address the following key questions:  

  • What disaggregated data exists on Covid 19 with respect to men 
  • How is Covid 19 impacting on men and how are they coping 
  • What should the response be doing more of to better meet the needs of men, women, boys and girls 


To Be Confirmed! 

A recording of this webinar  will be available on our YouTube channel, along with the previous webinars.

Conversations on COVID-19, Webinar Series

Recording: Leaving No One Behind: Social Inclusion, Disability and Vulnerable Groups

Streamed on 3rd July 2020

Note: This full session is interpreted into Irish Sign Language by Ms. Bernadette Ferguson.

Covid-19 has been described as ‘the Great Leveller’ with the virus not recognising borders, social class or wealth. With everyone at risk the view that we are all in this together has been promoted. However, some groups are disproportionately affected. The virus has served to highlight pre-existing inequalities and it is likely that by the end of the pandemic these inequalities will have been widened. Persons with disabilities, migrants, persons living in direct provision centres and women have all been negatively affected in different ways. This seminar will explore the negative impacts but will also look at some of the positive impacts for these groups including positive actions that have been taken and opportunities for the future.  


  • Ros Tamming, National Disability Authority   
  • Mary Keogh, Director, Disability Inclusive Development, CBM  
  • Aidan Leavy Independent Consultant in Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Margaret Fitzgerald, National Public Health Lead for Social Inclusion and Vulnerable Groups, National Social Inclusion Office, HSE
  • Professor Ruairi BrughaFormer Head of Epidemiology and Public Health, RCSI, Ireland 

Conversations on COVID-19, Webinar Series

Recording: Malnutrition across the spectrum and the increased health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic  

Streamed on 26th June 2020

Malnutrition and poor metabolic health, including obesity and diabetes, is strongly linked to worse Covid-19 outcomes due to a compromised immune system.   There is disproportionally higher levels of hunger and malnutrition alongside the increasing trends of obesity and diabetes seen in low income countries and this is compounded with weak health systems at baseline which is particularly concerning in fragile states.   This webinar will review the current global pandemic and the risks through a nutrition and health lens; what the research gaps are; what can be done to strengthen current programmes and how to manage risk and prevent increased mortality through indirect consequences.  Finally identifying key priorities going forward and how to ensure evidence based recommendations translate into practice in a timely manner. 

Our speakers will be invited to address the following key questions 

  •  What are the current nutritional and health challengesknowledge and evidence gaps that are compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • What key priorities should be adopted to reduce risk and overall mortality in implementing nutrition and health programmes within the current global pandemic? (What would this look like in reality if implemented?)   
  • What should change as we emerge from this pandemic; should our public health programmes be refocused and what are the research priorities needed to help shape future programmes for nutrition and health?       


  • Dr Timothy Roberton,Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
  • Marie Mc Grath. Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN).
  • Sajia Mehjabeen Nutrition Advisor,SAL, Concern located in Bangladesh.
  • Suzana Almoosawi, Public Health Nutritionist, Nutritional Epidemiologist
  • Professor Ruairi BrughaFormer Head of Epidemiology and Public Health, RCSI, Ireland 

We are an alliance of governments and allied organizations. Our members engage institutions in effective and sustainable North-South partnerships. Our partnerships strengthen the capacity of the health workforce and institutions to provide quality health services for people in low and middle-income countries. We promote institutional health partnerships through knowledge generation, sharing best practice, collaboration, and advocacy.


The ESTHER Alliance is set in the general framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. We contribute mostly to SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing and SDF 17 Partnerships for the Goals. Those two goals taken together highlight not only what we want to achieve (better health for all, or Universal Health Coverage), but also how we want to achieve it (through better, more equal, and balanced partnerships.


This is a new tool for institutional health partnerships, EFFECt stands for EFFective in Embedding Change.  The tool specifically focusses on assessing implementation best practice, embedding change and the added benefits to individuals and institutions of using a partnership approach.  The EFFECt tool measures these in relation to capacity building activities irrespective of the focus of the specific intervention.