As a follow-up to our COVID-19: The Path Forward webinar series, our podcast will go more in-depth on the leaders – from the private sector, government and global institutions – who are charting the path to ‘Build Back Better’ and the issues that are shaping global debate.

Through in-depth, one-on-one conversations with experts, each of the podcast episodes address one of the key challenges and include conversation on the role communications strategies have in effectively (and correctly) disseminating public health information and risks.

Episode 1: A Conversation with Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund

The Global Fund is actively working to raise and deploy money in the fight against COVID-19, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The knock-on effects of COVID-19 are creating a perfect storm and progress made in the fight against the world’s deadliest infectious diseases – HIV, TB and malaria – is under serious threat. In 2020 alone, the economic downturn could also push up to 115 million additional people into extreme poverty. What will it take to fund and deliver an equitable global response?

Episode 2: A Conversation with Carol Perelman, Director of the Jardin Weizmann de Ciencias

Cases of COVID-19 continue to surge across Latin America and access to and local production of vaccines remains a challenge for many countries. Meanwhile, the region is facing one of its worst recessions, mostly due to the ripple effects of the pandemic. What is driving the resurgence of cases in the region, and what will it take to widen access to vaccines? How does the approach leaders take to communications impact a country or population’s health outcomes?


Episode 3: A Conversation with Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Union for International Cancer Control

This episode covers the downstream impact of COVID-19 on global public health and noncommunicable diseases, such as cancer. Since the early days of the pandemic, hospitals and health systems have seen a steady decline in preventative health screenings and treatment, particularly among those living with cancer. For many, this has been driven by fear of contracting COVID-19, while others around the world faced access issues due to lack of funding and low resources, further exacerbating the disparities in care. From the drop in cancer screenings, to the silver linings of the pandemic and the role telehealth has played – Cary shares his firsthand perspective on what the UICC is seeing, the lessons learned and the actions being taken to get back on track.