Coronavirus (1211) WHO: Viral Facts Africa initiative to combat dangerous health misinformation

2 April, 2021

Extracts below from a news release on the WHO Africa website. Read in full: https://www.afro.who.int/news/viral-facts-africa-initiative-combat-dange...

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Viral Facts Africa initiative to combat dangerous health misinformation

30 March 2021

Brazzaville – Viral Facts Africa, a first of its kind African initiative to combat health misinformation online, was launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and a network of fact-checking organizations and leading public health bodies.

Viral Facts Africa will leverage the insights and reach of a unique network of 14 organizations to counter health misinformation as it spreads and to “inoculate” people against falsehoods. The initiative is starting with engaging health fact checks, explainers, myth busters and misinformation literacy messages that are optimized for sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“Viral Facts Africa aims to debunk myths fast right where they spread, and to help people sort life-saving facts from noise...” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa...

Viral Facts Africa is a part of the Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA), a WHO-hosted network that coordinates actions and pools resources to combat misinformation and fill information gaps around the COVID-19 pandemic and other health emergencies in Africa...

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Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA project on COVID-19, supported by University of Edinburgh

https://www.hifa.org/projects/covid-19

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health movement (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages in collaboration with WHO. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org