Public health practitioners share their experiences with the COVID-19 infodemic: first edition
November 2, 2022 at 4:00 PM CET-Geneva | 14:00 UTC | 11:00 a.m. EDT-Washington, DC
The infodemic has affected healthcare professionals personally and professionally and changed the way healthcare systems have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. On November 2, 2022, we will feature 3 Infodemic Managers to share their own personal experiences of Infodemic Management in the time of COVID-19.
The event is free and brought to you in partnership with The Story Collider to promote science and health through more effective storytelling.
Okechi Eberechukwu Nzedibe, Nigeria
Pharmacist working in Nigeria to deliver vaccines during the pandemic
Okechi holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Nigeria, an MBA from the University of Liverpool and a Masters in Public Health from the University of South Wales. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Cochrane Nigeria, where she provides relevant assistance and advice to Cochrane Nigeria to achieve its goals and mission. She is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and Boardroom Africa among others. She has over 20 years of experience in leadership, operations, planning, procedure development and implementation, product manufacturing and management.
Melissa Sharp, United States of America
Academic navigating the COVID-19 pandemic
Melissa is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI). She joined the RCSI in 2020 after obtaining a joint doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Paris and the University of Split, within the framework of the Methods in Research on Research (MiRoR) project, an international consortium dedicated to the reduction research waste. She also holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University. She is based in the Department of General Medicine and leads research projects on evidence synthesis and clinical guidelines. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, embroidery and yoga.
Habibat Ohunene Lawal, Nigeria
Deliver vaccines and medical products using drones to health facilities
Habibat was born in Okene, Nigeria. She is a pharmacist by profession and works as a Fulfillment Operations Professional and Vaccine Manager at Zipline in Kaduna State, Nigeria. She is part of a team that ensures that every human being has equal access to life-saving medicines by administering these drugs via drones. Her driving force and motivation is her family and they are at the heart of everything she does. She enjoys writing, reading novels and watching football.
This live broadcast is part of several online events and activities WHO has organized to collect and analyze stories about the impact of the COVID-19 infodemic. The project launched in July 2022, with a discussion of why storytelling is not just a tool to promote conversations about science, but it’s also a skill every infodemic manager should have. Watch the video recording of the opening webinar on this project:
Following our webinar, WHO launched an online workshop on managing the infodemic to collect testimonies from emergency responders and healthcare professionals who have experienced and managed the COVID19 infodemic. They attended workshops where they honed their storytelling skills to communicate about infodemics, their impact and how to contribute to infodemic management practices.
The workshops received over 500 registrations from 110 countries for 80 places in four storytelling skills workshops in English, French and Spanish. Selected participants received 6 hours of workshop training with additional one-on-one coaching to turn their experiences into stories. After the month-long workshop, participants were invited to record and submit their stories to a research project on the impacts of the COVID-19 infodemic on stakeholders.
The submitted stories were so captivating that WHO decided to invite some of the participants to share them with a wider audience. Three live storytelling shows of three stories each are scheduled between November and February 2023, starting with this one.
Two other live broadcasts, in French and Spanish. Sign up for the WHO infodemic management news flash to receive announcements.