WhatsApp to better connect, train & empower health professionals (3) Misinformation and health literacy

1 November, 2018

Exactly, WhatsApp and other social media are a great source of misinformation and this has caused great harm also in the domain of global health. For example, after WhatsApp messages claimed that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine would harm children, parents in India started to refuse the vaccine on a massive scale. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45140158

Thus it is very important to train children, parents and health workers to spot misinformation. Health workers in particular need to be at the forefront of fighting fake news related to health, and we need to prepare them for this task. In our project (http://socialmedia4health.net) we are now in the process of developing a simple mobile tutorial for health workers / nurses about how to use WhatsApp and other social mobile media apps in a professional and sensible manner. If there are other initiatives who like to join forces, please let us know.

Best, Christoph

Dr. Christoph Pimmer

University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Northwestern Switzerland FHNW

School of Business

Institute for Information Systems

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HIFA profile: Dr Christoph Pimmer is senior researcher & lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW. His work focuses on the use of digital media for education and collaboration. Christoph has developed a particular interest in researching learners and professionals in marginalized contexts, and in the field of public health. www.christoph.pimmer.info Christoph.Pimmer AT Fhnw.ch