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HIFA's global health professionals are discussing coronavirus (COVID-19) now. Below are the latest messages on our HIFA-English discussion forum. Find out more about HIFA here [www.hifa.org]. Join the discussion here: [www.hifa.org/joinhifa]

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Coronavirus (888) Proposals for right-based post-COVID-19 global health architecture
Dear All, I am pleased to be able to share with you an article from Professor Larry Gostin at Georgetown University Law Center and myself calling for a post-COVID-19 rights-based global health architecture, one that would not only better stave off pandemics, but also redress the unconscionable health inequities that preceded COVID-19, and that the pandemic is only worsening. A short description of the article and its three core proposals, along with a link to the article, follows.
7 August, 2020
Coronavirus (886) CHWs and COVID-19 (2)
Thanks for the work. No information has been published. I searched but couldn't find it. I need it most to prepare a training for them. [*see note below]
7 August, 2020
Coronavirus (887) CHWs and COVID-19 (3) CHWs and COVID-19 in Brazil
Our thanks to Chia Benard Ful (Cameroon) and any other HIFA members who are helping us to identify literature on the role of CHWs in COVID-19. Tomorrow's print copy of The Lancet has a Comment on CHWs and COVID-19 in Brazil. CITATION: Comment| volume 396, issue 10248, p365-366, august 08, 2020Community health workers reveal COVID-19 disaster in BrazilGabriela Lotta, Clare Wenham, João Nunes, Denise Nacif PimentaPublished: July 10, 2020 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31521-X
7 August, 2020
Coronavirus (885) Community Mobilizers in Polio Eradication - CHWs and COVID-19
This paper provides lessons not only for polio but also for other vertical programs and 'disease challenges from measles, Ebola, and the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well as noncommunicable diseases'. WE previously circulated WHO's interim guidance (May 2020) on Community-based health care, including outreach and campaigns, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-Comm_health_care-2...
7 August, 2020
Coronavirus (881) Lancet piece on "infodemics" (2) Definition of infodemic
Thenk you Sara for pointing us to the Lancet editorialhttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31678-0/fulltext The editorial starts: 'This so-called infodemic, defined by WHO as an “overabundance of information — some accurate and some not — that makes it harder for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when needed”, has become a major threat to public health.'
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (882) Lancet piece on "infodemics" (3) Definition of infodemic (2)
As Neil writes, WHO defines an infodemic as an “overabundance of information - some accurate and some not - that makes it it harder for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when needed”. Neil feels this definition is not helpful, arguing that there is no such thing as an “overabundance of accurate information” that is useful to the user. While I share the view that the definition is lacking, I don’t agree with Neil’s reason. Let me address the latter first.
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (883) Definition of infodemic (3)
Some further thoughts. How about this for a definition: An infodemic is a a disease of the knowledge system characterised by: 1) a catastrophic increase in the volume of true and false information about a single core topic; 2) the episodic flow of rumour/mis/disinformation related to all aspects of the topic; 3) a struggle to establish a balance between a scientific interpretation of the facts and politically, ideologically and commercially inspired narratives; and 4) the hyperactivity of technological methods used to conduct and disseminate the discourse.
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (882) NLM/MLA Leiter Lecture - Dr. John Brownstein on Digital Epidemiology and the COVID-19 Pandemic - August 11, 2020 – 6:00 PM (EST) - NIH Videocast
"IMPROVING ACCESS TO DISASTER HEALTH INFORMATION" Disaster Information Management Research Center National Library of Medicine | National Institutes of Health Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page [ https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNLMDIMRC/bulletins/298e40c ]. Bookmark and Share [ https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNLMDIMRC/bulletins/298e40c?re... ]
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (883) How to continue physical therapy treatment for breast cancer patients
Researchers from Chile describe how to continue physical therapy treatment for breast cancer patients via telerehabilitation during the COVID-19 pandemic in a new article published by ecancer. The article includes practical guidance which is particularly suited for settings with limited resources.
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (883) Call for research proposals: Health emergency and disaster risk management (Health EDRM) in the context of COVID-19
Dear HIFA Network, I am forwarding this to you in case it is of interest. With best wishes, from, Caroline
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (884) Definition of infodemic (4)
Below are some of the definitions that I found for 'disease', in which case infodemic cannot qualify to be called a 'disease'. Perhaps it could be deemed an abnormality of the knowledge system but not a 'disease' as it is neither a plant or an animal, nor human. What do members think? : "a disorder ofstructure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one thatproduces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and isnot simply a direct result of physical injury:"bacterial meningitis is arare disease"
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (877) Policymakers and health misinformation (32) BBC: Facebook and Twitter restrict Trump accounts over 'harmful' virus claim
Dear HIFA and CHIFA colleagues, Read online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-53673797 'Facebook and Twitter have penalised Donald Trump and his campaign for posts in which the president claimed children were "almost immune" to coronavirus...' Best wishes, Neil Join HIFA: www.hifa.org/joinhifaJoin CHIFA (child health and rights): http://www.hifa.org/joinchifa
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (878) Weekly update no.17 - Evidence Aid COVID-19 project
If you are passing this update to friends or colleagues and they would like to subscribe to these weekly updates, please contact Claire Allen (callen@evidenceaid.org). Dear Friends (with apologies for any cross-posting), Here is the 17th weekly update on our COVID-19 project. Highlights: The number of users on the website has now exceeded 210,000. The highest number of visitors to our website were from Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Iraq, El Salvador, Egypt, Algeria, United States, Lebanon, and Colombia.
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (879) Leapfrogging in Covid-19-related health communications?
Dear Neil & Colleagues, "Leapfrogging is the notion that areas which have poorly-developed technology or economic bases can move themselves forward rapidly through the adoption of modern systems without going through intermediary steps." (https://leapfrog.cl/en/leapfrogging) In a similar vein, in health communications intermediary steps might be the production, for instance, of graphics, images, infographics, text, and designed and laid out assets.
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (880) Lancet piece on "infodemics"
Dear HIFA colleagues, Apologies if this has already been posted or if you've already seen this, but highly relevant to our group so thought I'd share anyway! https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31678-0/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email Best,Sara
6 August, 2020
Coronavirus (876) Next webinar in the series on COVID-19 knowledge sharing // COVID-19 & pregnancy: maternal and neonatal labour/delivery outcomes, and considerations for vertical transmission
Background / overview As COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, knowledge is rapidly being generated through research and analysis on different aspects of the outbreak. This information needs to reach decision makers in a reliable manner, and so guide the decision-making process at all levels. To facilitate this process, the WHO Regional Office for Africa has been producing policy briefs on specific areas of knowledge. These rapid policy briefs are based on a quick scan of the existing quality evidence around a specific issue for which decision makers require guidance.
5 August, 2020
Coronavirus (875) The Pandemic’s Impact on Open Access Progress
Dear HIFA colleagues, The coronavirus pandemic will have a major impact on scholarly publishing and the rate of transition to open access, says this article on the publishing blog Scholarly Kitchen. Two Steps Forward, One Step Back — The Pandemic’s Impact on Open Access ProgressBy David Crotty
4 August, 2020
Coronavirus (873) Evaluation of COVID-19-related Medical Information on YouTube
CITATION: J Med Internet Res. 2020 Jul 27.An Evaluation of COVID-19-related Medical Information on YouTube: A Cross-sectional Infodemiology Study of Korean Content.Moon H, Lee GH
2 August, 2020
Coronavirus (874) WHO Statement on the fourth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee
Extracts below. Read online: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/01-08-2020-statement-on-the-fourth-...(2005)-emergency-committee-regarding-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-(covid-19) 1 August 2020 Statement
2 August, 2020
Coronavirus (872) WHO: Public health considerations while resuming international travel
Public health considerations while resuming international travel30 July 2020 COVID-19 Travel Advice https://www.who.int/news-room/articles-detail/public-health-consideratio... 1. INTRODUCTION
31 July, 2020

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