Unity and Collaboration During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Unemployment, lack of access to education, and racial inequality have limited the potential for communities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, when unity in communities prevailed, this led to the acceleration of scientific advances. Bahá'u'lláh states, "The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established." Using inspirations from Bahá'í writings and the Nine Year Plan, we will demonstrate the parallels between spiritual principles of unity, collaboration, and service to humanity and the practical, unified response of the scientific community to a global health crisis.

  • Payam Dehghani

    Dr. Payam Dehghani is an associate professor at University of Saskatchewan and director of non-profit Prairie Vascular Research Inc. He led the Canadian team for the North American COVID-19 Myocardial Infarction (NACMI) Registry, the largest registry of patients with COVID-19 and heart attacks. NACMI led to an academic study of practical application of Bahá’í principles, showcasing how scientific communities can work together in a spirit of unity and service to address global challenges.

  • Bayan Dehghani

    Bayan Dehghani is a senior high school student and participates in research related to gender differences in health outcomes. He has been selected to represent his district at the National Senior School Student Leadership Conference and has given presentations related to men’s role in promoting equality of men and women. He will focus on discordant health outcomes between men and women during COVID-19 pandemic as observed in the North American COVID-10 Myocardial Infarction (NACMI) registry.


48th Annual Conference

The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.