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Curbing Misinformation

Helping the vulnerable make practical sense of the information overflow and mitigating the risk of fear peddled by mischief makers.

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Presently many disadvantaged people in Nigeria are trying to make meaning about the COVID19 situation..at the same time there is so much misinformation and rumours being brewee online. Taking time out to make accurate posts via social media groups and disucssions is key to disseminating valuable information across sociocultural groupings. 

By sorting through the bulk of changing information online, we can identify facts and share same across our own networks downwards into the grassroots. 

On Twitter there are very useful and fact-based information that can be reshared across other portals. I observed a great reportby the Imeprial College which gives clarity on the situation and helps steer deeper understanding of the task on ground.

Upload or share a link to this resource/message/source of information to share it with others.

https://twitter.com/jeremycyoung/status/1239975682643357696?s=19

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

I became more aggressive with engaging my family and my team at the office on what is required to halt the spread of the virus.


It also prompted me on the need to practice social distancing and some shutdown..so I pulled out my 5yrs old son from sochool..24hrs ahead of the State Government's decision to shutdown all schools..I am also concluding plans to have our offices closed across all four states where we operate in Nigeria. Being an adolescent health organization..it is our duty to take the lead to advance staying home.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

Twitter posts and Retweets, WhatsApp Status Updates and Direct messaging to other opinion leaders.

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • NIGERIAN CDC

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

How to take care of infected people at home in a 3rd world scenario where we may not have all the resources available to the West. 

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

People in underserved communities in Africa who are yet to get hit.  They need to know how to manage themselves so their condition can improve once they get infected. There are many suggestions on some drugs causing greater harm..such information should well packaged and shared..the new learning from places like South Korea should be well disseminated.

What is your current profession?

Adolescent Health Nonprofit Executive

In what city are you located?

Lagos

In what country are you located?

Nigeria

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