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During the 34 hours of programming, there will be 46 different speakers sharing their expertise with the participants. The training programme has been driven by a recognition of the harm being caused by false and misleading health information circulating in online spaces, low quality news outlets and in peer to peer discussions. By the end of the training, participants will have a thorough grounding in infodemic management. This includes an understanding that public health professionals need to share accurate, engaging, sharable content as well as using techniques to counter misinformation when it starts to cause harm to communities.  The course includes practical training on tools for monitoring rumors, fact-checking and verification, as well as learning how to respond effectively and testing interventions to slow down the spread of misinformation. There are also guest speakers from UNICEF, Google and Facebook and most importantly representatives from country based Ministries of Health who will be talking about their current challenges with the infodemic and the lessons they have learned. At the first welcome event, 188 learners interacted over Zoom sharing experiences and hopes for the upcoming weeks. The session included an information ‘crisis’ simulation, where participants played the role of a public health communications officer in a major North American city and had to make decisions based on a fictional public health incident, where rumors were swirling all over social media. Would they hold a press conference? Or debunk rumors directly on the different social media platforms? Or would they wait for more information? The simulation was designed to highlight the different challenges involved in infodemic management today, and to preview some of the key elements of the training programme.

https://www.who.int/news/item/30-10-2020-start-of-1st-who-infodemic-management-training