Africa: New online course to fight the Covid-19 infodemic

WHO’s new online course on Infodemic Management 101 is now available on the OpenWHO.org platform.

Thanks to this online training, anyone can learn the basics of Infodemic management, anytime, anywhere. A dozen global experts explore the burgeoning field of infodemic management activities and explain how to combat the spread of misinformation and design human-centered interventions to empower individuals and communities.

A course for everyone:
This new introductory course is for anyone interested in understanding what an infodemic is, how it significantly affects public health, and what we can do about it now and in the future. Currently available in English, the self-paced course introduces participants to infodemic management through five modules covering infodemic management, misinformation, health crisis fact-checking, theory inoculation and intervention design.

Practical Skills and Achievement Record:
It also allows trainees to develop and practice new skills ready to use thanks to three skills labs dedicated to:

  • analyze the nature, origins and spread of disinformation
  • check photo and video content online
  • use social listening tools
  • At the end of this free course and after passing the final quiz, participants receive a statement of achievement and a shareable digital badge.

More than 13k learners: join the community!

This easy-to-follow introductory course is now available. The skills and knowledge will help everyone find ways to become an infodemic manager in their daily lives and advocate for infodemic management in their daily work. Share the news with your network to help build knowledge of managing infodemics within health systems and beyond!

Learn more and register here.

About OpenWHO.org:
OpenWHO is the WHO’s interactive web platform accessible to anyone from anywhere, which offers free online courses for people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or those who are already doing. It offers easy access to a range of training (even with low bandwidth), which now includes infodemic management.