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Press Release:

Helsinki: 04/12/2020

Women Designed for Success (WODESS), in collaboration with the Finnish Indian Society, the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), MONIHELI, AFAES, Colourful Espoo, HEED Finland, Mirsal ry, Aforfins, Helsinki Education Film Festival, Global Business Forum – Finland, Trexer LT, is organising the Town Hall Meeting to discuss the rise of COVID-19 infections among the immigrant communities in the Uusimaa Region. The conference will be held online via Zoom on Friday the 11th of December 2020 from 16:00 to 18:00. Additionally, the session will be streamed live on the following platforms: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. You can see if we need to add the link of event here.)

The purpose of the event is to address and discuss the rise of COVID-19 cases in the immigrant communities in the Uusimaa region, as an increase of 30 to 40% has been detected in this population. Particularly, the focus of the meeting is on various strategies that could be implemented through education and increasing awareness so as to mitigate the spread of the virus among the immigrants, non-Finnish speaking communities. During this townhall opportunity will be given to ask questions, propose suggestions and comment on the current situation. 

This online conference will be run and organised by Women Designed for Success (WODESS) in collaboration with the Finnish – Indian Society where they have formed a strong line-up of speakers from THL, doctors, nurses, and presidents of NGOs. Josephine Atanga, President of WODESS, will host this conference and Ms. Sara Austero, Research Assistant and Project Coordinator at THL will be the keynote speaker of this event. Mrs Austero is currently involved in the MigCOVID-survey, studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictive measures on the life, health and mood of the population as well as experiences of services among the foreign-born communities. She is also part of multi-lingual and multi-channel communication group, which purpose is to encourage the compliance with guidelines and recommendations. The team also produces multi-lingual materials, which will be shared during the online conference, and supports municipalities and associations in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 among the immigrant communities. Further speakers of this event are seasoned orators with diverse working experiences and in several sectors. 

The motivation to organize this webinar is based on the report by Asko Järvinen, chief of HUS hospital district infectious diseases department, stating that 30-40 % of positive Corona virus results in the district have been people from an immigrant background. In light of this, action is needed by immigrant communities to mitigate the spread of Corona virus. The aim of the Town Hall Meeting is to create more awareness on the topic, supplying new guidelines in accordance with the Finnish Government in relation to the COVID-19 virus.