As some of the restrictions adopted to control the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted, DEUSTO Institute of Human Rights reflected on the lessons to be learned from its management to be better prepared for the future.
During the webinar “The COVID crisis 19: Lessons learned for the management of future pandemics" chaired by Prof. Cristina Churruca, five experts on health crisis from different organisations (OXFAM Intermon, MSF; Spanish and Basque Health System, WHO) discussed the following questions:
- What has been learned from managing this crisis?
- What can the experience of humanitarian actors bring?
- What is the role of the European Union and the World Health Organisation, and how is the National Early Warning and Rapid Response System (SIAPR) coordinated with EU and WHO alert networks?
As result of the discussion, the speakers agreed on the importance of:
- considering the social impact of future crisis on dimensions such as inequalities, vulnerability and gender;
- rethinking and strengthening the current structure of the public health system and the coordination among the involved actors and decision-making levels;
- sharing knowledge about the pandemic management with other countries from a global health perspective; and
- finally, the key role played by communication during a crisis situation.