[CODATA-international] Podcast: Role of data for COVID response using Gujarat, India and London, UK as examples

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Mon Dec 21 04:30:01 EST 2020

In this episode of the podcast series, Prof. Virginia Murray in a
conversation with Dr. Dileep Mavalankar talks about the COVID-19 pandemic
and the exposure to the virus across the world. She discusses the impact of
COVID on city of London. Dr. Mavalankar shares India's fight with the virus
and the results so far. They also talk about the importance of using data
by governments to monitor health of the citizens and about the ground
reality of COVID and its spread in India in spaces such as old age homes,
subsequently leading to deaths. They also discuss in-depth about methods
used by countries as they continue to fight with the pandemic, and the
importance of data-driven policies. Actions taken in India, technology used
to gather data and its analysis are some of the key elements of this

Prof. Dileep Mavalankar has been heading the Indian Institute of Public
Health Gandhinagar as its Director since 2012. Dr. Mavalankar received an
MBBS and MD in Preventive and Social Medicine from Gujarat University in
Ahmedabad, and MPH and Dr. P.H from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and
Public Health, USA. His work experience includes faculty and research
positions in NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, National Institute
of Health in Bethesda, USA, Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad,
India and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA. He
has worked as consultant to many agencies including Columbia University,
Mother Care Project (USA), the WHO (Geneva, Western Pacific Regional
Office), UNICEF (New Delhi), DANIDA, UNDP/World Bank (India), the Aga Khan
Foundation, CEDPA etc. Dr. Mavalankar has authored several publications. He
has been adviser to key academic and government organizations and NGOs.

Prof. Virginia Murray is public health doctor committed to improving data
access and transparency for effective reporting. She was appointed as Head
of Global Disaster Risk Reduction (GDRR) for Public Health England in April
2014 and in 2020 has been working additionally as a Senior Public Health
Advisor for COVID-19. She is a member of the Integrated Research on
Disaster Risk (IRDR) scientific committee, co-sponsored by the
International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations Office for
Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Co-Chair of IRDR’s Disaster Loss Data
(DATA), and currently member of CODATA Executive Committee She is co-chair
of the WHO Thematic Platform Health and Disaster Risk Management Research
Network. By working in collaboration with this network she has been one of
the editors of the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health and Disaster
Risk Management, published in September 2020. She is the Chair of the
UNDRR/ISC Hazard Classification and Review Technical Working Group, and the
report was published in July 2020. She is a visiting/honorary Professor at
several universities.

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