COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Digital Maternal and Child Health

Webinar Details

Wed, 19th May 2021

14.00-15.00 SAST (UTC+2)
13.00-14.00 BST



  • Qian Sarah Gong, Leicester University, UK
  • Zaynab Essack, Human Sciences Research Council

In this webinar we invite Sarah Gong (Leicester University) and Zaynab Essack (HSRC), two researchers from our network, to share findings from COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy studies in South Africa and with Chinese immigrants in the UK.

We hope that this webinar will provide a platform for starting a discussion about the role of digital health in addressing issues of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation in our communities. To help ground this discussion we have also invited medical practitioners, Ayesha Osman (Obs and Gynae, UCT) and Yaseen Joolay (Neonatology, UCT) to participate in the panel discussion.

This webinar will be recorded and shared on our YouTube playlist.  Please register on Quicket or contact Nervo or Melissa to receive the Zoom link.

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Qian (Sarah) Gong

Leicester University

Headshot for Sarah Gong Sarah Gong joined the University of Leicester as a lecturer in 2012. Prior to her appointment at Leicester she was a teaching associate at the Department of Culture, Film and Media at the University of Nottingham (2011-2012). Before that she was a research associate at the University of Sheffield (2009-2011), leading a work package of a European Research Council funded project ‘Consumer Culture in an Age of Anxiety’. From 2007 to 2009 she was a research assistant at the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds on a British Academy project ‘Political Communication in New Democracies’. She also worked in academia and media industry in China. She was a lecturer at Sichuan Normal University (2002-2003) and a part-time TV journalist/presenter at Hengyang TV station (2000-2002).

Zaynab Essack

Human Sciences Research Council

Profile photo for Zaynab Essack

Zaynab Essack, PhD, is a research psychologist and senior research specialist at the Centre for Community-Based Research at the Human Sciences Research Council. Zaynab’s current research interests include the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of at-risk populations, especially adolescents and young women, and developing and evaluating interventions to address current social issues in high-poverty and high HIV-prevalence communities. She has a developing interest in using alternative arts-based methodologies in engaging adolescents in research. Underscoring all this work is a focus on research ethics, which was the area of her doctoral research. She is a member of the HSRC Research Ethics Committee, National Bioethics Committee in South Africa and UNESCO?s School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) Working Group. She is an honorary fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and faculty member of the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI, UKZN).