Universities Join Brave Battles in Our Hospital Wards

Author: Dr Paula Holt MBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Health, Psychology, and Social care

This post was originally published by the Derby University Blog on 7 April 2020.

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Dr Paula Holt MBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, marks World Health Day by highlighting the contribution of universities to the fight to contain the spread of Covid-19.

When World Health Day was inaugurated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) 70 years ago, it will have been with the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918-20 still within living memory.

It is hard to say how likely the event's founders thought another virus might afflict the world in that way again. They may have even dreamed that by the 21st Century such catastrophes would become a virtual impossibility. And yet, here we are.

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread across the globe with frightening speed, catching nations off-guard yet bringing the very best out of many millions of healthcare personnel working tirelessly, in spite of personal risk to themselves, to treat and care for those who have fallen ill after contracting the virus.

United in responsibility to each other

The sentiment of thinking globally, acting locally, more often linked with climate change, has subconsciously prompted everyone, almost without exception, within our communities to take responsibility for one another, and to recognise that each of us is not only at risk, but that our actions potentially increase or ameliorate that risk to others too; and this is a responsibility which unites us all across the world.

Universities have responded in