Coronavirus (631) Uncertainty amidst COVI-19 (5)

20 May, 2020

Dear friends

I am sure HIFA can help by screening and providing links to the best evidence available on the topic. Thanks to Neil and other colleagues. Three issues to mention here:

1. Apply common sense and try to verify sources of information. HON ( has an excellent set of criteria to judge quality of information. Social media is the worst source of information on the pendemic;

2. The strongest country in the world is not the best to provide evidence on this issue judged by what its president is promoting and doing. That country has thousands of excellent scientists but they are being silenced because of politics and economy;

3. WHO is probably the most misjudged, mistreated and misused agency in the world now. Many people, most unfortunately, think that what the US leadership and its media think about something means a global issue. WHO never takes action in terms of declaring a pandemic or a global issue like this one. A group of scientists and public health experts recommend declaring this based on certain criteria. So it is not the Director General who takes this decision. When it comes to guidelines development, it is the most rigorous, solid, evidence-based and quality process. To accuse WHO of doing wrong on this is not accepted and shows that there is lack of understanding of how WHO works. WHO might not be perfect but the quality of its products, policies, procedures and way of work are all a reflection of the quality of staff and governance of the Organization.

Best regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

President, Jordan Library and Information Association

President, eHealth Development Association, Jordan

IMIA Vice-President for MEDINFO

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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.

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