ISAM Policy and Practice Interest Group COVID-19 Webinar Series on COVID-19 and SUD: A Global Perspective on Challenges and Solutionson 23rd Sep 0800 ET

September 3

ISAM Webinar Series on COVID-19 and SUD: A Global Perspective on Challenges and Solutions

Fourth Webinar: Wed 23 Sep, 2020 – Featuring talks from: – WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (Dr Fahmy Hanna); – ISAM President Prof Kathleen Brady

| 7:00- 9:00 AM CDT |8:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET| 12:00 – 2:00 PM GMT | 1:00-3:00pm Lon/BST |


As you all know, the current COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected various populations globally. The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) believes that the impact of this pandemic on people struggling with Substance Use Disorders could not be overlooked. Thus we decided to take this opportunity to hold a series of webinars with partners from different parts of the world, discussing challenges and solutions regarding the current pandemic from the addiction medicine perspective. The objective of these webinars is to support colleagues in the field of addiction medicine to learn from peers who either have undergone profound changes in service delivery or are on the brink of doing so.


For this webinar, we are focusing specifically on the following 3 cross-cutting themes/aspects:

  • Stigma
  • Mental Health and General Health Service Impact
  • Impacts of Economic Recession


Draft Agenda (ET)

8:00-8:05, Introduction (Shalini Arunogiri, Christos Kouimtsidis)

8:05-8:15, Update- Impact on Health and Mental Health  (Dr Fahmy Hanna, WHO focal point for COVID-19)

8:15-8:25, Impact on Mental Health (Prof Igor Koutsenok)

8:25- 8:35, Stigma (TBC)

8:35- 8:45, Economic Impact (TBC)

8:45- 8:55, Impact on HIV, Hep C and Infectious Diseases (Prof Brian Conway)

9:00- 9:40, Feedback from Individual Countries


9:00- 9:10, Update from USA & impact on women (Prof Kathleen Brady)

9:10, 9:40, Brazil (Felix Kessler)
India (Atul Ambekar)

Norway (Gabrielle Welle-Strand)

Sweden (TBC)

Australia (Shalini Arunogiri)
South Korea (TBC)

9:40-9:50,  Update on ISAM PPIG COVID-19 Global Survey
9:50-10:00:  Discussion & Next Steps(Christos Kouimtsidis, Shalini Arunogiri)



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