COVID SOS: India to the World


Time: 9:30-10:30am EDT (DC) // 4:30-5:30pm EAT (Nairobi) // 7:00-8:00pm IST (Delhi)

Event will also be live streamed:

Experts from India, Africa, and U.S. discuss the magnitude and devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in India and some of the ways the global community can come together to bolster the response to defeat COVID-19 before further spread in Asia, Africa, and rest of the world. It is the right thing to do and is in everyone’s self-interest.

Chaired by:

  • Dr. Vineeta Gupta, Director, ACTION Secretariat, USA

In discussion with:

  • Dr. Kavita Patel, Nonresident Fellow, Brookings Institution, USA
  • Prof. Dr. J.A. Jayalal, National President, Indian Medical Association, India
  • Ms. Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director, WACI Health, Africa


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Vineeta Gupta MD, J.D., LL.M Secretariat Director, ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership

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Dr. Vineeta Gupta is a maternal and child health physician, human rights advocate, and a passionate activist for health equity. She has over 20 years of tri-sector experience in leading and supporting projects in more than 25 countries. Before ACTION, Vineeta served as the director at Global Health Advocacy Incubator, leading their work on Resolve to Save Lives. She has held senior positions with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, University Research Co., Global Fund for Children, Campaign on Microbicides, and Global AIDS Alliance. Learn More.


Prof. Dr. J.A. Jayalal, National President, Indian Medical Association, India

Twitter: @jayalal10

Dr. J.A. Jayapal is the national president of the Indian Medical Association. The Indian Medical Association is the only representative, national voluntary organization of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine, which looks after the interest of doctors as well as the wellbeing of the community at large. Today, IMA is a well-established organization with its headquarters at Delhi and State / Terr. Branches in 34 States and Union Territories. It has over 330,000 doctors as its members through more than 1750 local branches spread all over the country. Learn more.


Kavita Patel, Nonresident Fellow – Economic Studies, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, Brookings Institute, USA

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Kavita Patel is a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, she was the managing director of clinical transformation at the Center for Health Policy at Brookings. Dr. Patel is an advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center and a member of Health and Human Services Physician Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. Learn more.


Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director, WACI Health, Africa

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Ms. Rosemary W. Mburu is the executive director for WACI Health, formerly known as World AIDS Campaign International. She has over 12 years of international experience in areas of public health research, programming, and advocacy. Rosemary is a civil society organizer who has extensively worked on building and strengthening civil society networks and platforms on health-related advocacy and campaigning in Africa. Learn More.