Coronavirus (994) WHO Webinar: Influencing Risk Perceptions about COVID-19

25 September, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

The announcement below is forwarded from the WHO Information Network for Epidemics


Influencing Risk Perceptions about COVID-19

Date: Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Time: 14:00-15.30 Geneva, 08:00-09:30 Washington, 17:30-19:00 Delhi

During COVID-19 individuals have faced real and perceived risks affecting health, family and economy. The public’s perception of risk is often influenced heavily by personal, emotional, social and cultural influences while scientific and medical experts rely on concrete evidence related to severity and prevalence. Between this divide lies risk communication and community engagement response. This webinar will highlight new data on global perceptions of risk, methodologies for managing risk perception and country examples of best practice.


Kanishka Bhattacharya, Project Lead, Dalberg Consulting - Overview of global data on risk perceptions and behaviors - a framework, data mapping and gaps, and emerging insights

Stephen Catling and Rachel Maher - Risk perceptions and respoonse for COVID-19 - Afghanistan’s experience

Pahurat K. Taisuwan, PhD. Ministry of Public Health Thailand - Risk perceptions and response for COVID-19 - Thailand’s eexperience

Saad Uakkas, IFMSA Liaison Officer to Student Organizations and global COVID campaign coordinator - Global Youth Risk Perception on COVID-19: a brief review on Global Youth Survey and community engagement

Marsha Vanderford, PhD, Former Emergency Risk Communication Director - WHOO & US CDC - Influencing Risk Perception about COVID 19 to Encourage Healthy Behaviors

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Best wishes, Neil (moderator)