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COVID-19 in Visegrad countries: Institutional and capacity challenges in the pandemic response

Tuesday 08 December 2020 from 12:00-13:00 CET

The Visegrad countries (Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) were lauded for their early successes in containing the pandemic, but the COVID-19 crisis laid bare some underlying health systems issues. The second wave hit the Visegrad countries much more severely. A common challenge has been the connection between scientific expertise, decision making and public health capacity. There is a need to understand how capacity on all sides can be strengthened and linkages improved. How can Visegrad countries address capacity challenges and make better use of scientific expertise to deal with the pandemic? Join us in this webinar to learn more about their experience in tackling COVID-19 and what lessons countries elsewhere might learn.


Olga Löblová, University of Cambridge

Peter Gaal, Semmelweis University, Hungary

Iwona Kowalska-Bobka, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland

Martin Smatana, Ministry of Education, Research and Sport, Slovakia

Melitta Jakab, WHO Europe


Jonathan Cylus & Erica Richardson (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)

This webinar is part of a series of webinars which draws lessons from country experiences based on the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) - a joint undertaking with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission and the European Observatory. The COVID-19 HSRM builds on the expertise of the Health Systems and Policy Monitor network and the WHO Country Offices and the knowledge and work of colleagues in the Regional Office and DG SANTE who are dealing with the pandemic and supporting countries. The webinar series is indebted to them all.

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