ADB health expert Najib Habib headed a project on Regional Solutions for COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Delivery in Selected Developing Member Countries. The research and first-person accounts are on the RKSI microsite. He introduces some public health insights in the following episodes and his discussions with ADB economist Marzia Mongiorgi-Lorenzo, who tells of her personal experiences in Beijing at the height of the pandemic.
Najib: Hello everybody, this is Najib Habib, health expert at the East Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank. Welcome to the RKSI Health podcast. We are here with Ms. Marzia Mongiorgi, a principal economist at the East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank in Manila. And we are here to talk about some experiences and lessons learned related to the COVID-19 pandemic in People’s Republic of China (the PRC), but also related to our other developing member countries. We consider that the COVID-19 pandemic was a great learning experience. Not only did COVID-19 provide very valuable experiences and lessons learned to healthcare workers, but also policy makers in all ADB developing member countries and beyond on very key issues such as managing a massive public health crisis, but also even major crises that could be related to, for example, climate change or disasters.
Now we try to highlight some lessons learned focusing on experiences of healthcare frontliners in [the PRC] and maybe how these can be applied to other countries in our region.