Coronavirus (1318) WHO global conference on communicating science during health emergencies (5) Observations (2)

8 July, 2021

Thank you Chidindu,

When this conferenc weas first announced on HIFA by Richard Fitton on 2 June, I asked: "Would anyone on HIFA be willing to represent HIFA at the event and share your learning with us afterwards?". Chidindu rose to the challenge and has provided valuable reflections and an excellent summary of the closing session of the event. I note in particular the concluding comments of Tim Nguyen (Unit Head, High Impact Events Preparedness Unit, World Health Organization): "We need to revisit scientific processes so that science communication can be creative and can meet people where they are. Effective collaboration and capacity building for science communicators, science journalists, health educators, scientists, policymakers and the media to make science understandable, relevant and accessible to all."

HIFA looks forward to continue working with WHO to accelerate progress towards universal access to reliable healthcare information, presented compellingly and in a language that people can understand.

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,