Many thanks Chris for calling our attention to this Declaration.
It calls on 'civil society, media, youth, academic institutions and researchers to:
'Plan and implement collaborative actions at national, regional, and global levels to respond to the COVID-19 disinfodemic and prepare for other future disinfodemics.'
Indeed, this is urgent and HIFA has an important role to play. We have the potential to leverage our growing membership of 20,000 professionals to accelerate progress towards a world where every person has access to the reliable information they need to protect their own health and the health of others - and where every person is protected from dangerous misinformation.
My only criticism is that 'civil society, media, youth, academic institutions and researchers' is much too restrictive. As the World Health Organization said when HIFA was launched in 2006: “Healthcare Information For All is an ambitious goal but it can be achieved if *all* [my emphasis] stakeholders work together.”
Also, the World Health Organization is conspicuous by its absence in the Declaration. UNESCO even uses a different terminology (disinfodemic) to WHO (infodemic). UNESCO, WHO and other UN agencies need to work together more visibly to address this global health challenge.
Best wishes, Neil
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