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Economics Seminar Series: Impact of COVID control measures on women and child’s health in LMICs

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 12:30 to 14:00
Online via Teams

This presentation, presented by Dr Kevin Deane (Open University) and Dr Giuliano Russo (Queen Mary University of London), will be of interest to anyone engaged in the effects of lockdowns on health in lower and middle income countries.

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It is the second in a new monthly series organised by Economics at The Open University, aimed at bringing practitioners and researchers together to discuss new developments and challenges in a post-pandemic world.

These events are held online while coronavirus restrictions continue. Follow the seminar series for details of future events.

Register via Eventbrite Attendance is free. This event will be recorded and be made available after the event.


Impact of COVID control measures on women and child’s health in LMICs


While travel restrictions and lockdown measures have been put in place for centuries to contain epidemics, little is known on the impact these have on the health of vulnerable populations. This matters particularly for those lower-income countries, where the effects of COVID-19 are being felt unevenly. This paper aims to synthesize existing evidence on epidemic-related lockdown measures and women and children’s health in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

This seminar presents the results of a mixed-methods systematic review of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method evidence.


Dr Kevin Deane is a Senior Lecturer in Economics, part of a UK Research and Innovation project on maximising the benefits of Covid-19 control measures in sub-Saharan Africa, and co-author of Recharting the History of Economic Thought.

Dr Giuliano Russo is Lecturer in Global Health at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary, University of London, and Principal Investigator on a Medical Research Council project on the impact of economic crisis on healthcare and workforce in Brazil.


Fikile Dikolomela-Lengene is first deputy president of Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union, South Africa, a primary healthcare nurse and campaigner in Johannesburg who has served on Ministerial Task Teams for nursing and health.

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