Sarah Dwyer is an International Foreign Policy Correspondent for Today News Africa based in California. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Jose State University. She focuses on COVID-19 relating to US-Africa ties.
The World Health Organization reassured on Wednesday that it remains ‘laser focused’ on fighting misinformation and disinformation, and that it continues to partner with social media companies such as Facebook, Google, Instagram, and others to provide accurate health information to the world.
“WHO remains laser focused on fighting misinformation and disinformation and we have multiple groups and teams across the world,” Gabriella Stern, director of communications for the World Health Organization said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
Ms. Stern was responding to a question by Today News Africa’s Simon Ateba who inquired about the increasing calls to the WHO to investigate false claims that US-controlled labs in Nigeria were spreading monkeypox disease across Africa and the world.
She said Dr. Sylvie Briand, director of the Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness department (GIH) for WHO, has a group working on infodemiology, an area of science research focused on scanning the internet for user-contributed health-related content with the goal of improving public health. She added that her colleagues in the Digital Health Innovation Group have also been working alongside social media groups.
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