Date(s) - 01/03/2022
6:00 am - 7:30 am


Looking back to look forward: COVID-19 and Faith Reflections on 2020-2021 Webinar Series

JLI has led a new study that followed 8 faith actors in their COVID response work in 2020-2021. This webinar will discuss findings from this collaborative learning process with participation from the faith actors involved in the study and a panel of other faith and non-faith speakers to reflect on crucial elements in faith engagement so far in the pandemic.

11am London/6am New York/2pm Nairobi/8pm Tokyo


Dr. Jennifer Philippa Eggert

Senior Research Associate

Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities




Speakers from the research collaboration:

Dear Sinandang, HFI

Dear Sinandang is the communications and partnerships manager at the Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia (HFI). She has over 10 years’ experience in project management, capacity building programs, and coordination and partnership with humanitarian actors in Indonesia.



Nkatha Njeru, ACHAP

Nkatha Njeru, MPH is an experienced public health professional who has worked with the faith sector in Kenya and regionally for the past 17 years. She has extensive experience in health systems strengthening where she has worked to support non-profit organisations (especially faith-based sector) in organizational capacity development, Policy formulation, strategic planning, human resources for health, as well as health financing. She is experienced in project design, coordination and management having provided project leadership and oversight for funding from various donor agencies and governments. She is the team leader for the Africa Christian health Associations Platform (ACHAP), an umbrella organization for Christian health Associations (CHAS) with membership in more than 30 African Countries whose mandate is to support health care systems of CHA members.


Dr Mwai Makoka, WCC

Mwai Makoka is Programme Executive for Health and Healing at the World Council of Churches in Geneva since 2016. He received medical training from the University of Malawi (2002) and post-doctoral training in medical and public health microbiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Besides clinical work, he has been in academia and research, and in health programmes. He was previously head of the Christian Health Association of Malawi.

In his current role, Dr Makoka supports health ministries of WCC member churches. He has recently authored 2 books on Health-Promoting Churches, Vol I: Reflections on Health and Healing for Churches on Commemorative World Health Days, and Vol II: A Handbook to accompany churches in establishing and running sustainable health promotion ministries.

He serves as liaison with WHO and serves on boards of several Christian health organisations and on several WHO working groups.


External Speakers:

Dr. Takeo Fujiwara, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Dr. Fujiwara received his M.D. from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo in 2000, and Ph.D. from Graduate School of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo in 2004, and Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health in 2006. He accomplished his post-graduate research at National Center for Child Health and Development, Harvard School of Public Health, and University of British Columbia. Since 2008, he moved to Japan to serve as Chief of Section of Behavioral Science at National Institute of Public Health. From 2010, he works as Head of Department of Social Medicine at National Research Institute for Child Health and Development in Japan. Since 2016, he is appointed as professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. His research interests are child abuse prevention, mental health, biology of social behavior, life-course epidemiology, and social epidemiology. From 2020, he served as Associate Editor of Child Abuse & Neglect.


Robert Kanwagi, Gavi Health Systems & Immunisation Strengthening team

Robert Kanwagi is a social worker and public health professional currently working with the international COVID-19 vaccine acceleration program COVAX and a member of GAVI’s Health Systems and Immunization Strengthening Team. He formerly worked with World Vision International as program coordinator of their Ebola vaccine project and with several of their other public health programs in Africa.




Muhammad Alhassan, Da’wah Institute of Nigeria

Muhammad Alhassan is the Registrar of the Da’wah Institute, Islamic Education Trust, Nigeria (DIN/IET). His first degree was in Microbiology, followed by a second in Conflict, Peace and Strategic Studies. He was Head of Research for the Vaccine-Hesitancy Survey (VHS), conducted by the Da’wah Institute in January 2022, and for Realistic Alternative to Violence (RAV), an initiative of the Da’wah Institute in the area of building resilience and preventing violent extremism. He has also engaged in other peace projects, trainings and consultancy for local and international organizations


Arabic, French, and Spanish translations will be available.

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