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Contextualizing COVID-19 risk communication and community engagement in sub-Saharan Africa for effective epidemic control: Fighting the “Infodemic”

Contextualizing COVID-19 risk communication and community engagement in sub-Saharan Africa for effective epidemic control: Fighting the “Infodemic” International Health Policy Blog "WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic. Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as dangerous. ” (Munich Security Conference on Feb 15, 2020). (...) In the face of limited resources and weak health systems, the COVID-19 pandemic presented sub-Saharan Africa with new challenges: the urgent need for diagnostics, care and treatment for SARS-CoV-2 infected patients, the increased burden on health systems and collapsing economies. (...) To win this virus war and impending social disruption, there is a need for effective risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) – an essential component of health emergency and response activities." (Photo: Prachatai/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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