Online training over 4 weeks during 3 – 27 November 2020
Deadline for submission: 18 October 2020, 18:00 CET
WHO is developing activities to support the country pandemic preparedness and to mitigate the current COVID-19 pandemic which is accompanied by an infodemic. There is an urgent need to address the infodemic accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, as most countries are battling both. As the world seeks to accelerate the development of medical countermeasures including treatments and safe, effective vaccines, as well as introduced public health measures, misinformation about both has been spreading and growing.
In order to successfully address and mitigate the current infodemic and promote more effective future response, conference participants of the WHO 1st infodemiology conference recently contributed to a draft public health research agenda that cuts across many fields of specialization. From physics to law to behavioral science to epidemiology to user experience and design—it is clear that an infodemic manager would need a wider array of skills and expertise to successfully address infodemics that go beyond traditional boundaries of epidemiology, risk communication and community engagement and digital media.
WHO and partners invite applications from experienced professionals from the fields of epidemiology, risk communication, health service delivery/health care workers, digital health, policy making (in health and intersectoral), who are responding to the current COVID-19 and overlapping infodemics at country level.
Objectives of the training:
• Build a curriculum and apply it in delivering a training of the 1st cohort of cross-disciplinary infodemic managers that can be deployed to the field for infodemic response;
• Build up the skills of health authority staff in infodemic management;
• Offer opportunity for UN staff to learn about infodemic management;
• Become the basis for creating future infodemic training facility training modules.
More information available at https://www.who.int/news-room/articles-detail/call-for-applicants-for-1st-who-training-in-infodemic-management
Source: World Health Organization