General Information

COVID-19 has affected 41.5 million people and caused more than 1.1 million deaths globally. Beyond morbidity and mortality, the COVID-19 pandemic has also had an impact on every aspect of our lives, including social, political, and economic.

While much attention is on the medical aspects of preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection, with great anticipation for future therapeutics and/or a vaccine(s), there is a need to highlight myriad interconnected issues that affect our daily lives, with implication for today, tomorrow, and the future.

The region of The Americas (North, Central, and South) currently accounts for approximately half of all COVID-19 cases and 60% of deaths worldwide. COVID-19 in The Americas is a series of panel discussions and plenary sessions that will focus on this heavily affected region, including the most affluent country in the region/world (the United States of America).

COVID-19 in The Americas is sponsored by the AHF Global Public Health Institute and the Institute of Advanced Study of The Americas (both at the University of Miami), and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). The virtual educational activity aims to promote multidisciplinary dialogue across 12 tracks:

  • Track 1: La Peste in COVID-19
  • Track 2: Science of COVID-19
  • Track 3: Clinical Management of COVID-19
  • Track 4: COVID-19 Mitigation Measures
  • Track 5: Politics of COVID-19
  • Track 6: Sub-Regional COVID-19 Case Studies
  • Track 7: Urban COVID-19 Case Studies
  • Track 8: Social Impact of COVID-19
  • Track 9: Life Impact of COVID-19
  • Track 10: Economic Impact of COVID-19
  • Track 11: Lessons Learned from COVID-19
  • Track 12: Preventing/Preparing for Future Pandemics

Registration is free-of-charge. Registrants will receive email updates as new panel discussions and plenary sessions are scheduled to take place from October 2020 through March 2021.

Click on a language to view current COVID-19 data for The Americas: English, Portuguese, Spanish.


COVID-19 in The Americas is a virtual educational activity that will start with four panels taking place the week of October 26, 2020:

Panel 1: Importance of a COVID-19 Conference in The Americas
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2:30pm-3:25pm EDT

The video recording for Panel 1 is available under the “Archives” tab above.

Panel 2: COVID-19: Re-Thinking Everything
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 3:30pm-4:30pm EDT
The video recording for Panel 2 is available under the “Archives” tab above.

View the Panel 2 program here.

Panel 3: Sexuality and COVID-19
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm EDT
The video recording for Panel 3 is available under the “Archives” tab above.

View the Panel 3 program here.

Panel 4: Avances en Terapia Intensiva Durante la Pandemia por COVID-19
Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:00pm-8:30pm EDT
The video recording for Panel 4 is available under the “Archives” tab above.

View the Panel 4 program here.

Panel 5: Sexualidad y COVID-19
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm EST
The video recording for Panel 5 is available under the “Archives” tab above.

View the Panel 5 program here.

Track: Lecciones Aprendidas del COVID-19 (Continuidad en los Servicios de Salud)

Panel 6: Adaptación de Servicios de VIH en Tiempos de Pandemia (AHF GPHI Team)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 12:00pm-1:30pm EST

Moderadora: Dra. Patricia Campos, Jefa del Buró AHF para América Latina y El Caribe
Dra. Andrea González, Directora de la Clínica Condesa, México
Beto Jesús, Director de País AHF Brasil
Dra. Liliana Andrade Forero, Directora de País AHF Colombia
Dra. María Isela Lantero, Jefa del Programa ITS-VIH, Ministerio Salud de Cuba
Dra. Ana Isabel Nieto, Jefa del Programa de ITS/VIH de El Salvador

View the Panel 6 program here.

Track: Impacto Social del COVID-19

Panel 7: Activismo del VIH en Tiempos de Pandemia (AHF GPHI Team)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 1:40pm-3:10pm EST

Moderadora: Guillermina Alaniz, Directora Regional de Incidencia Política, AHF Latinoamérica y El Caribe
Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga, Presidente Red Nacional de Personas con VIH en Bolivia
Alberto Nieves, Director Ejecutivo de Acción Ciudadana Contra el SIDA, Venezuela
Alaín Pinzón, Activista, México
Saúl Paau, Director de País AHF Guatemala
Guiselly Flores, Directora Red Peruana de Mujeres con VIH

View the Panel 7 program here.

Track: Impacto Social del COVID-19

Panel 8: Activismo LGBTI durante la Pandemia
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 12:00pm-1:30pm EST

Moderadora: Amaranta Gómez Regalado, Secretariado Internacional de Pueblos Indígenas frente al VIH/sida, la Sexualidad y los Derechos Humanos (SIPIA)
Maria Luisa Alatorre, Directora de Atención a Derechos Sexuales, Comisión Estatal de Derechos Humanos de Sonora, México
Ricardo Beteta, Activista derechos humanos LGBTIQ
Laura Hernández, Coalición Latinoamericana LGBTTTI de incidencia política ante la OEA
Esteban Paulón, Presidente Comité Ejecutivo, Red GayLatino
Diane Rodriguez Zambrano, CEO Cámara de Comercio LGBTI, Ecuador

View the Panel 8 program here.

Track: Social Impact of COVID-19

Panel 9: LGBTQ Activism during the Pandemic
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 2:00pm-3:30pm EST

Moderator: Erika Castellanos, Director of Programs at Global Action for Trans* Equality
Simon Cazal, President-Founder of SOMOSGAY A.C. Paraguay and General Secretary of the Latin American GayLatino Network
Elsa Concha Cornejo, Co-founder and current coordinator of Diverciudad
Alessia Injoque, President of Fundacion Iguales
Kenita Placide, Founder and Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE)
Mohan Sundararaj, Interim Executive Director at MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights

View the Panel 9 program here.

Track: Gerenciamento Clínico da COVID-19 (Co-morbidades)

Panel 10: Não se Esqueça do HIV (AHF Brazil)
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Moderadora: Dr. Adele Schwartz Benzaken
Dr. Alexandre Padilha
Dr. Vera Paiva

View the Panel 10 program here.

Track: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 (Implementing Course Corrections)

Panel 11: Are Lessons Learned from HIV Pandemic Applicable Now? (AHF GPHI Team)
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 3:40pm-5:10pm EST

Moderator: Terri Ford, Chief of Global Advocacy and Policy AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Presenter: Stephen Lewis, Co-founder and Co-director of Aids Free World

View the Panel 11 program here.

Registrants will receive email updates as new panels and plenaries are scheduled throughout 2020 and 2021.


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