Risk Communication in Disease Outbreaks – Introduction

This presentation includes explanation of risk communcation, the use of the Extended Parallel Process Model, Paul Slovic’s Perception of Risk, WHO’s Integrated Model for Emergency Risk Communication, and possible key components and considerations for planning risk communication for COVID-19.

Also included is information about:

  • Priority behaviors
  • Pandemic non-pharmaceutical interventions
  • Technical guidance
  • Complacency
  • Stigma
  • Misinformation
  • Developing message maps
  • Contextualizing messages and interventions
  • Selecting channels in an outbreak context
  • Multi-Modal SBC interventions

Source: Risk Communication in Disease Outbreaks – Introduction

    Zaracostas, John. 2020. How to Fight an Infodemic. The Lancet, February 29, 2020.

    WHO is leading the effort to slow the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. But a global epidemic of misinformation—spreading rapidly through social media platforms and other outlets—poses a serious problem for public health.

    Source: How to Fight an Infodemic

    Key considerations: Online Information, Mis- and Disinformation in the Context of COVID-19

    This brief sets out practical considerations relating to flows of information, misinformation and disinformation though online media, particularly social media networks, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    It details various types of online media, key players and influencers on social media, and strategies for ensuring good information and disrupting mis- and disinformation. It is important to analyse different types of information across different channels, how it is spread and to whom, in order to determine how social media can be harnessed in both positive and negative ways.

    Source: Key considerations: Online Information, Mis- and Disinformation in the Context of COVID-19

    Rumour Has It: A Practice Guide to Working with Rumours (CDAC Network)

    The CDAC Network commissioned a practice guide to draw both on their experiences and many others’ in order to document approaches, practices and tools to working with rumours.

    It is aimed primarily at humanitarian programme managers and field staff to provide them with practical tips on how to work with rumours in their response programmes in a way that is achievable amid competing demands.

    Source: Rumour Has It: A Practice Guide to Working with Rumours

    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Global Health Now COVID-19 Expert Reality Check

    To help improve understanding of an emerging outbreak’s complex dynamics, Global Health Now has reached out to some of the world’s most respected global health experts for their quick “reality checks” on key issues related to the outbreak.

      Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response

      UNAIDS is calling on countries to adopt a human rights-based approach in responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 that puts communities at the centre and respects the rights and dignity of all. To help guide governments, communities and other stakeholders in planning and implementing measures to contain the pandemic,

      This approach draws on key lessons from the response to the HIV epidemic.

      The new guidance from UNAIDS is grounded in international human rights law and obligations and makes it clear that responding to an epidemic is not a question of balancing public health and human rights but rather that a successful and effective response requires us to adhere to human rights principles. The guidance has been developed by a group of international experts from communities, the public health arena, academia and the United Nations.

      This guidance has an accompanying infographic.

      Source: https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2020/march/20200320_human-rights-approach-covid-19