The UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health (IGH) and the Department of Health Promotion and Policy welcome Virginia A. Oostburg, MD, MPH, BPT, Former Director of the Surveillance Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA, for the second talk in the IGH 2021 Global Health Seminar Series. Dr. Oostburg will deliver a talk titled “Equity in Health in the Caribbean through Solidarity: Expectation vs Practical Implication.”

Dr. Oostburg is the former Director of Surveillance Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency. She has over 35 years of experience in preventive medicine and more than 19-year experience in Public Health Organization, Planning and Management as Head Planning and Deputy Director of Health for the Ministry of Health Suriname and Chief Medical Officer, Head of Collective Prevention Services and Manager for the Expanded Program on Immunization for the Government of Saint Maarten. 

The Alma Ata Declaration in 1978 was a call to the international community to promote health as a guaranteed human right, to address the inequalities that exist(ed) in access to quality health care. More than forty years later, this is still relevant and has been painfully exposed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will look at health as a public good and different variable as the drivers for equity, the fluidity of these variables and the principles of solidarity in achieving equitable access to health care, quality medicine and medical technology. 

The zoom link for the talk is: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/97258295033

Contact Dr. Krishna Poudel, IGH Co-Director, at krishna@schoolph.umass.edu for more information.