Friday Morning Seminar in Culture, Psychiatry and Global Mental Health (Zoom)


Friday, September 24, 2021, 10:00am to 12:00pm


Online Only

"COVID in Indonesia: The Betrayal of Global Health?"

Attend this event via Zoom (advance registration required)


Sandeep Nanwani, Program Officer, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, United Nations Population Fund.

Veronika Kusumaryati, Postdoctoral Fellow, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Santi Kusumaningrum, Director and Principal Investigator, Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing (PUSKAPA), Universitas Indonesia; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.


Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.


Sadeq Rahimi

This seminar is cosponsored by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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Speaker Bios:

Sandeep Nanwani is a physician and public health practitioner. He is the human rights focal person and adolescent sexual and reproductive health programme officer for UNFPA. He provides technical support to Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to develop comprehensive sexuality education programs in schools and community settings. He leads the UN advocacy for the sexual violence bill and criminal codes.   He serves in the board and as a technical advisor to Kebaya foundation, a community based HIV shelter and outreach and social support service for homeless people living with HIV. He also serves an advisor to Pesona Jakarta foundation, an outreach NGO for men who have sex with men in Jakarta.

Veronika Kusumaryati is an anthropologist focusing on the questions of colonialism/postcoloniality, race and violence in West Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua. She holds a PhD from the department of anthropology at Harvard and now is a postdoctoral fellow at the Edmund A Walsch School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Santi Kusumaningrum is the Director and Principal Investigator of PUSKAPA (Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing) –a think-tank based at Universitas Indonesia. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and teaches at Criminology Department Universitas Indonesia. With PUSKAPA, santi does research to inform actions, turns evidence into policy proposals, undertakes advocacy and program implementation, and mobilizes young people’s capacity to reform Indonesia’s protection and care system, civil registration and data governance, and access to justice, so all children enjoy equal opportunities to thrive. She was trained in Criminology and Social Policy in Universitas Indonesia and got her Doctorate in Public Health from Columbia University. In the academic world, Santi seeks to build scientific and ethical rigour in social justice. Santi has published in, among all, The Lancet, PLoS One, and BMC International Health and Human Rights.