Coronavirus (1355) WHO announces 3rd global Infodemic Manager training

3 September, 2021

WHO announces 3rd global Infodemic Manager training [*see note below]

1 September 2021

Call for nominations

Online training over 4 weeks during 15 November - 15 December 2021

Deadline for nomination by sponsoring organization: 1 October 2021 at 17:00 CET (Geneva)



WHO is continuing to advance support for country pandemic preparedness and mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic which is accompanied by an infodemic. There continues to be an urgent need to boost capacity for infodemic management globally to help ensure universal access to credible health information.

Application to the training will be extended through a wide range of partner organisations who will be asked to nominate experts to take part. WHO, US CDC, UNICEF, GAVI, Rockefeller Foundation, IFRC, US CDC, Mercy Corps, USAID, the RCCE Collective Service and partners will nominate experienced professionals from the fields of epidemiology, behavioural science, risk communication, health service delivery/health care workers, digital health, policy making, and other relevant disciplines, who are responding to COVID-19 and the accompanying infodemic at country-level.


Objectives of the training:

- Build a curriculum and apply it in delivering a training of the 3rd cohort of cross-disciplinary infodemic managers that can be deployed to the field for infodemic preparedness and response

- Build skills of health authority staff and other relevant experts in infodemic management

- Offer opportunity for UN staff to learn about infodemic management

- Create a theoretical and practical foundation for future infodemic training modules.

- Nominees must meet the following selection criteria to be considered for inclusion in the 3rd cohort of trained infodemic managers that support response in countries.

Nomination criteria:

- A laptop/desktop computer and reliable internet connection is required to be able to participate for the entire course. You cannot access this course with only a mobile phone.

- CV should be shared in this format

- Letter of Recommendation from a past, current employer or sponsoring organisation is required

- Commitment to be available for the training sessions as well as the assignments and group work (time estimate: 44 hours spread over four weeks)

- Previous experience working respectfully in multicultural settings.


- Video justification explaining why you wish to participate in the training and how you will implement and grow infodemic management in your country -- share link to video of 3 minutes maximum duration

- Ability to use digital tools such as Google sheets, Miro, and social media

- Familiar with basics of data analysis

- Previous exposure to implementation science or research, or evaluation of programmes.

After the training:

- Trainees will apply their new skills in national preparedness and response to infodemics and support the development of networks for knowledge and resource exchange

- Those trainees who are freelance consultants can be included in WHO pool of suitably qualified consultants to support national infodemic management through technical assistance assignments in countries.


[forwarded by] HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data. Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil): Thank you Richard. I would like to invite feedback from anybody who has taken, or plans to take, this WHO training. Please share your observations and lessons learned: ]