12 October, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you a new report titled Countering Stigmatization in the Humanitarian Response to COVID-19 < This report is a product of the InterAction Protection Working Group, written with unique support and input from Translators without Borders, InterNews, War Child Canada, SAMS, Save the Children, Refugees International, Jesuit Refugee Service, HelpAge International and Humanity & Inclusion. Together, we organized a Webinar and Roundtable series to unpack the issue of stigma and how it undermines the humanitarian response to the pandemic.

The report delves into various ways stigma leads to reduced access and changes in health-seeking behavior, especially for already vulnerable groups such as older people, people with disabilities, and women. The report also highlights the role of misinformation and language in creating what the WHO has termed an ‘infodemic.’ Whether intentional or unintentional, misinformation leads to the stigmatization of patients, doctors, immigrants, and other affected communities, both in-person and online.

I hope that you’ll find the report useful and timely. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any comments or questions.

HIFA profile: Mia Marzotto is Advocacy Officer at Translators without Borders. She is based in New York City, USA. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Multilingualism.