Issuing time:2021-07-01 16:41
Imran Ur Rahman
Eko Agus Prawoto
Abdhesh Kumar Gangwar
Highlights in the Forth IACCR Lecture of the International Training Course –
“Mode Exchanges Under International and Domestic Response to COVID-19”
The forth lecture of the IACCR International Training Course started on time at 9:00 am today. The feedback from the participants was good, which souped up the discussions in live class as well.
This course focuses on “Mode Exchanges Under International and Domestic Response to COVID-19”. COVID-19 has become a major global challenge. What are the similarities and differences between the international and domestic response models? Can we learn from each other? The answers will be found in today’s lecture.
Imran Ur Rahman
• Ph.D.and Associate Professor in Applied Economics
• Columnist for Focus on China
• Member of IACCR and RES UK
• Major Research Direction:
Economic Development, Poverty Alleviation, Disaster Risk Management, Project Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER), Environmental Economics, Rural Development, International Trade and Public Policy.
Eko Agus Prawoto
• Architect，advocating ecological architecture.
• He links local knowledge with modern design. For him, the world of architecture must be contextual. He focused on earthquake-resistant buildings, and Professor Prawoto found that buildings made of bamboo, straw and coconut trees could resist the vibration.
Abdhesh Kumar Gangwar
• Ph.D., head of RCE Agency Srinagar.
• He was a Senior Program Director at the Indian Centre for Environmental Education (CEE). He committed to promoting education for sustainable development aimed at achieving a sustainable, climate-smart and resilient community. Dr. Gangwar and his team's research was used in the 2007 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize.
• “Prevention” is more important than “treatment”. We need to strengthen international cooperation to jointly fight against the epidemic.
The theme shared by Dr. Imran is “The Communication on Domestic and International Models of Pandemic Response”.Dr. Imran mainly introduced to us the policies of major countries in the world to deal with the COVID-19, China’s countermeasures, Pakistan’s practices, and the challenges and main issues facing them from a global perspective.
Dr. Imran mentioned the main policies of major countries in response to the COVID-19, which are: home restrictions and vaccination. A majority of countries adopt a closed management approach: school closures, workplace closures, limit on public transportation, cancellation of public activities, restrictions of international travel and mask obligation.
He also mentioned that China’s response to the COVID-19 mainly revolved around learning lessons, isolation and blockade, tracking and tracking, policy relief, and China itself has achieved a great victory in the fight against the pandemic. Pakistan has adopted general lockdown, utilized village and women’s organizations, established special teams, pushed ahead green employment initiatives and government relief.
At last, Dr. Imran pointed out that the epidemic is not over yet, so it is necessary to prepare for a new surge, complete the vaccination work as soon as possible, and enhance the partnership between local and government organizations.
• Socio-cultural action plans are more conducive to ensuring effectiveness
The theme shared by Professor Eko is “Indonesia’s Fight Against the COVID-19 – Lessons and Reflections from Jakarta”.
Professor Eko shared that when the epidemic in Wuhan broke out at the beginning, due to incomplete information, many speculations and interpretations were generated, which caused panic among many people. When Jakarta imposed the lockdown, the workers lost their income. But people united closely to carry out mutual assistance activities such as the “public kitchen” movement.
Professor Eko emphasized the importance of information dissemination in the COVID-19. The latest and correct information is crutial to alleviate people’s unnecessary panic. The government and the Internet have played an important role. With the advent of the second wave of the epidemic, people have been physically and psychologically exhausted under long-term high pressure. This issue will be in great concern.
“For us human beings living on the same planet, this is a learning process. This is a significant lesson that may determine our capacity to survive next time.”
• We need to re-examine our way of life and build a sustainable and climate-friendly community.
The theme shared by Dr. AKG is “Communications on India’s Pandemic Response Models”.
Dr. AKG mainly introduced to us the actions taken by India in the three responding stages, the crisis it faces, the stage and impact of the blockade, and how to save livelihoods.
For the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19, the Government of India has implemented the Disaster Management Act (2005) across India to address this public health crisis. Then it put forward the “five steps to fight the epidemic”, which changes the national health habits and expands the health infrastructure. In the third phase, India has planned and actively implemented policies and developed special safeguard policies for “the elderly, women and vulnerable groups”.
Dr. AKG pointed out that “The pandemic has pressed the reset button. We need to re-examine our lifestyle, carrying forward the excellent experience we have gained from fighting the epidemic, and rebuilding a sustainabile, climate friendly, and disaster resistant community.”
This course takes us to understand the policies of other countries to deal with the COVID-19, allowing us to reflect on our personal lack by comparison. In this way we could have a stronger capacity to fight against the epidemic.
Looking forward to our next session.