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Today: Help WHO Develop COVID-19 Infodemic Response Framework

By Wayan Vota on April 7, 2020

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The coronavirus disease epidemic and COVID-19 response has been accompanied by a massive “infodemic” – an over-abundance of information of varying accuracy that makes it hard for policy-makers to guide health interventions and for people to find trustworthy health sources.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has established the Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN) to unite technical and social media teams working closely to disseminate and amplify the evidence-based information about COVID-19, and to track and respond to misinformation, myths and rumours.

COVID-19 Infodemic Technical Consultation

WHO EPI-WIN team invites you to the WHO COVID-19 Infodemic ad-hoc consultation, taking place on Zoom on April 7 and April 8, 2020.

WHO COVID-19 Infodemic Consultation
Noon-15:00 GMT/14-17:00 Geneva time
April 7 and April 8, 2020

This technical consultation will develop an infodemic response framework to guide targeted interventions to promote dissemination of reliable information about COVID-19, and reduce misinformation, rumors and myths about COVID-19. The discussion will:

  • Raise awareness of the volume of COVID-19 information on the Internet
  • Explore perceptions on the use of qualified sources for health decision-making
  • Make recommendations that can strengthen health worker and institutional digital literacy.

They expect a multidisciplinary team of scientists, public health decision-makers, medical journalists, technology and civil society will develop an infodemic response framework containing the following pillars:

  • Identify evidence: Scan, review and verify evidence and information
  • Simplify knowledge: Interpret and explain the science to different audiences
  • Amplify action: Listen to concerns of audiences and provide advice for action, define  channels of information distribution
  • Quantify impact: Describe the infodemic, measure impact of digital discourse; inform interventions at all levels; and inform Member State engagement in a social dialogue

Please RSVP now. They can only accept 500 participants on each Zoom call.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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