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Responding to COVID-19: Women scientists from developing countries tell their stories [an OWSD survey]
In late March, the Secretariat at OWSD surveyed our network of thousands of woman scientists living and working in developing countries, to ask them how they, their research and their countries have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their stories are collected in the document here. While sobering, these stories also inspire hope: from a Sudanese molecular biologist who is leading an initiative to make ventilators using 3D printers, to a Sri Lankan biochemistry professor who has volunteered her lab for diagnostic testing, to the professors in a Palestinian university who organized a special course on COVID-19 to teach students the principles of epidemiology, OWSD members are applying their knowledge and skills to helping their countries, and the world, rise to this challenge.
Read their stories by downloading below or clicking the image to the right.
OWSD Executive Board share their experiences
- OWSD President Jennifer Thomson (South Africa): "It is essential that the special role played by women scientists be understood and embraced."
- OWSD Executive Board member Huda Basaleem (Yemen): "The disease poses a uniquely high risk for Yemen."
- OWSD Vice President Jana Rodríguez Hertz (Uruguay/China): "Mathematics is important to provide models that can show the spread of the disease."
- OWSD Vice President Atya Kapley (India): "Our institute is now getting ready to be a detection center for COVID-19 and the different labs of CSIR are working on many aspects to deal with the pandemic."
- OWSD Executive Board member Hasin Anupama Azhari (Bangladesh): "This will certainly not be the only global health crisis, and the emergency management of health without borders needs to be considered."
OWSD Early Career Fellows write about impacts of COVID-19
OWSD Early Career Fellows have written in both scientific publications and in national and regional news outlets about the effects of the pandemic on the economies and particularly on food security in their countries:
- Hemu Kafle (Nepal), "What to eat after a pandemic?", in Naya Patrika Daily. [English translation]
- Sebelwork Mekonen (Ethiopia) and co-authors, "Knowledge, perceptions and preventive practices towards COVID-19 early in the outbreak among Jimma university medical center visitors, Southwest Ethiopia", in PLoS ONE.
- Mashura Shammi (Bangladesh) and co-authors, "
- Lockdown: To withdraw or not to withdraw?"
Letter to fellow scientists from OWSD Jordan National Chapter Chair Rana Dajani
The Chair of OWSD's Jordan National Chapter, molecular biologist Rana Dajani, penned an open letter to scientists worldwide, calling for them to view the changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to reassess priorities and think about solutions. "The frameshift we need is finally here," she says. "Seize it."
Read the full letter here.