About Events Expert Chat: Finding Global Humanity in the Response to Covid-19 Expert Chat: Finding Global Humanity in the Response to Covid-19 APRIL 2, 2020 1:00 PM Watch Here WATCH Join us at 1 pm via Facebook Live this Thursday, April 2, for the second installment in our expert chat series about the novel coronavirus. For the millions of people already caught in disaster and conflict situations around the world, what does the emergence of a global pandemic mean? This week, Batten Professor Kirsten Gelsdorf, a former United Nations humanitarian official, will discuss and answer your questions about the massive impact COVID-19 is having on the humanitarian needs of vulnerable communities—and why we and our national and global institutions must find ways to support them. Kirsten Gelsdorf As Director of Global Humanitarian Policy, Kirsten brings 19 years of experience working in the humanitarian sector; most recently serving as the Chief of the Policy Analysis and Innovation section at the United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Read full bio Related Content Kirsten Gelsdorf Fountain and Gelsdorf: COVID, hunger are intertwined News Earlier this month, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the United Nation’s World Food Programme. Batten's Kirsten Gelsdorf and Galen Fountain discuss what that means in the era of COVID-19. Opinion: Now is the time to prioritize mental health News It is estimated that only 2% of people around the world have access to mental health and psychosocial support, or MHPSS. The question is, will COVID-19 offer us a chance to change this? Batten’s Kirsten Gelsdorf and Lucy Bassett provide critical insights into the barriers to progress in MHPSS interventions, and identify opportunities to prioritize and invest in new programs going forward.