Coronavirus (1172) Africa Infodemic Response Alliance

4 March, 2021

From the WHO Africa Regional Office website: https://www.afro.who.int/aira

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the fore a long-troubling threat to public health: the rapid spread of misinformation and disinformation about health.

In response to this threat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also with an eye toward the future, the WHO in Africa and other actors on the continent joined forces to form the Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA).

The Africa Infodemic Response Alliance is the first regional network of its kind that brings together intergovernmental and governmental organisations as well as non-state actors under one umbrella to fight infodemics.

The Alliance puts into practice the four pillars of an infodemic management framework which was developed by more than 1300 experts from a range of disciplines.

These pillars are: Identify information gaps and misinformation, Simplify technical knowledge, Amplify correct information and Quantify the impact of interventions.

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Comment/question: Are there parallel regional alliances in other regions? How do they work together?

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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