The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Union through its EUROsociAL+ programme, and the Secretariat of Central American Social Integration (SISCA) hereby invite you to the second webinar in the Panorama of Aging and Long-Term Care series, dedicated to supporting Latin American and Caribbean countries in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on older adults.
Home care for care-dependent persons—through home or telecare services—is a generally recommended practice because of its positive effects in terms of patients’ quality of life. Within the context of care policies, it also reduces the pressure on the health sector and on nursing homes, allowing for better resource redistribution.
However, in the current context of the worldwide spread of COVID-19, these services are highly affected by the risk of contagion to which both patients and caregivers alike are exposed. Because of this, in some countries home care services have been reduced or even canceled. So how can the continuity of home care services be guaranteed, preventing the spread of infection and promoting patients’ physical and emotional well-being? Can telecare services that have been established over the past few years to support moderately care-dependent persons coordinate their efforts to guarantee care?
After the first webinar on the mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing homes and day centers, the second webinar, titled Continuity of Home Care and Telecare Services for Older Adults in the Era of COVID-19, will be held on May 18, 2020, at 10 AM (EDT). In this webinar, Alfonso Lara Montero, Director of the European Social Network, will share the European experience. For his part, Juan Luis Bermudez, Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion and Executive President of IMAS in Costa Rica, and Daniel Radío, the National Secretary of Care in Uruguay, will share the measures that are being taken in Costa Rica and Uruguay, respectively, to guarantee home and remote care services during the emergency caused by the pandemic. The discussion will be enriched by the participation of institutional representatives in the sector from other countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
The webinar will be in Spanish with English interpreting.
Alfonso is Chief Executive of the European Social Network (ESN), network of social services. He oversees the Network’s management and strategic direction, leads the policy programme co-financed by the European Commission and the annual European Social Services Conference. He has over 10 years’ experience in public policy, has authored and co-authored several publications and is a regular contributor to academic journals, newspapers, and specialist social services magazines. Before joining ESN, Alfonso worked in project management in the private sector, consultancy and CSR. He holds an MA in modern languages from the University of Granada, an MA in European Governance from the College of Europe, an MSc in Public Policy from University College London and a Masters in Executive Management of International Associations at Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management.
Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion and Executive PresidentMixed Institute of Social Aid
Juan Luis Bermúdez is Executive President of the Mixed Institute of Social Aid and Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion. Juan Luis has a Master in Development Economics with an Emphasis in Macroeconomic Management and Public Policy, a Bachelor in International Relations with an Emphasis in Administration and Management of International Cooperation, both from the National University of Costa Rica. During the previous years he served as coordinator of the advisory team to the President of the Republic and previously to the Executive Presidency of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund. In addition, it stands out in his record having served as Technical Secretary of the Government Social Council and National Coordinator of the Millennium Development Goals, President of the Board of Directors of the National Commission on Education Loans - CONAPE.
Daniel Radío has been Director of the National Care System since March 2020. He previously served as Vice President of the Addictions Commission (2018), Vice President of the Constitution, Codes, General Legislation and Administration Committee of the Chamber of Deputies (2016) , Vice President of the Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies (2014) and President of the Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies (2012). He was Deputy Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Youth of America (JUDCA) (1990-1993), former Resident of Family and Community Medicine and was Deputy Director and Deputy to the Management of the Jardines del Hipódromo Health Center (ASSE). He is a member of the Special Commission of the General Assembly for monitoring the prison situation.