Novel coronavirus (152) Debunking fake information about COVID-19 (2) DFID gives £500,000 to address health misinformation

18 March, 2020

A few days ago (14 March) we posted news that DFID has provided £500,000 to address health misinformation in relation to coronavirus. The effort is led by the Humanitarian-to-Humanitarian Network with Internews, Translators without Borders, Evidence Aid, and BBC Media Action. [ http://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/novel-coronavirus-122-debunking-fake-inf... ] HIFA stands ready to assist with this effort.

The consortium has issued their first weekly digest with quality resources and fact-checked information designed to combat misinformation in the COVID-19 crisis:

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Hi there.

Welcome to the first edition of Connect:COVID-19. This weekly digest will connect you with quality resources and fact-checked information designed to combat misinformation in the COVID-19 crisis.

This bulletin is designed to support busy newsrooms, fact-checking organisations, and non-profits across South East Asia and beyond. We link you with the tools you need to provide your communities with accurate, timely and actionable information.

Who are we? We are a group of four organisations who work to improve access to quality information in a crisis.

Find out more about our organisations here:

Internews

Translators without Borders

BBC Media Action

Evidence Aid.

We’re funded by the H2H Network, a group of approximately 50 organisations worldwide. Its members provide specialist services to ensure crisis response is more efficient, effective and accountable. The H2H Network is supported by aid from the UK Government and hosted by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).

We make two promises. To be brief - we know many people are facing an information overload at this time. And to be practical - our support, content, and resources are free to use and can be adapted for context and language preferences.

We are:

- Helping you respond to misinformation with verified information from sources you can trust

- Translating quality COVID-19 resources into local languages

- Creating engaging content to respond to community information gaps

If you have any questions, requests for resources, feedback or would like to let us know when our tools have been useful, you can email us at any time at COVID-19@internews.org

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I have written to COVID-19@internews.org to offer our support.

Best wishes, Neil

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