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IHTM Wicked Problem Days (WPDs) provide an opportunity to explore some of the major challenges in global health through problem based learning and expert input. They cover mental health, pandemics, antimicrobial resistance, and the impact of climate change on health.

An IHTM student presents during the pandemics wicked day

A full day is set aside for students to present in groups on their assigned topics and for presentations and discussions with subject specialists. Students collaborate in their groups, thinking creatively about viable and sustainable solutions to aspects of the health issues raised. They use existing evidence to answer the set of questions and tasks related to their specific topic.

The Pandemic WPD was led by Dr Alice Norton,  Lead of the Pandemic Science Institute Policy and Practice Research Group and IHTM lecturer. Alice was joined by colleagues from the Policy and Practice Research Group.

Speaking about the pandemic wicked day, Alice said,

Pandemics are the epitome of a ‘wicked problem’ and it is important to study their complexities on a global scale. Many of the IHTM students were involved in their country’s pandemic response and it is very valuable to share and learn from their experiences. It is only through a truly global perspective that we can work towards effective responses and solutions.

The topics covered by the students were:

  • Origins of pandemics
  • Global surveillance and reporting in pandemic response
  • Research during outbreaks
  • Strategies for strengthening arbovirus epidemic preparedness and response in Brazil: learning from Zika
  • Communication risks during pandemics
  • Social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic

Each presentation was followed by feedback and questions. The second half of the day was dedicated to guest lectures and discussions and we would like to thank all of our speakers for their contributions.

  • International regulations for pandemics – Professor Clare Wenham
  • Child health/ protecting children – Dr Danilo Buonsenso
  • National policy making challenges – Professor Anna Petherick