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Microlearning activities for fighting misinformation during covid 19

We improve health population by combating misinformation and develop online intervention to improve knowledge related to COVID 19.

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Where are you located (country)?

TANZANIA

Where are you located (city or town)?

MOROGORO

You are submitting as:

  • An organization

If part of an organization or group, what is the name?

LOCAL SOCIO- ECONOMIC DATA LIMITED

How does your proposed solution support emerging middle-class families in urban areas in the Global South to adapt and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We will develop educational interventions to reduce the spread of online misinformation. We will create effective COVID-19 educational interventions and the provision of health-related information recommendations and resources to guide emerging middle-class families in urban areas in the Global South to adapt and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will build individual and community capacity to identify the differences between trustworthy and untrustworthy information on the virus; and the mitigation of misinformation related to COVID-19. To reach these goals, we will rapidly develop and deploy COVID-19 educational interventions in a variety of cultural contexts. We will educate, empower and engage the public to increase knowledge and foster positive public change in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic.

What stage of development is your Idea in?

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

What tier are you applying to?

  • Global South Open Prize Tier: Open to submissions focused on any country in the Global South, at any stage of development.

Do you intend to implement your idea in Peru?

  • No

In what countries do you expect to implement your idea initially (in the first 2 years)?

TANZANIA

Feasibility: where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve accomplished to date, what barriers to implementation might exist, and what next steps you plan to take.

We engage with vulnerable groups (children, women, elderly, etc.) within our communities to counter misinformation about COVID-19 and share emergency management and public health practices and resources relevant to the health crisis. We collaborate with emergency health management professionals to develop a culturally-specific public education campaign to support efforts to destigmatize our communities during the COVID-19.The project will contribute to the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing evidence-based findings on community prevention behaviour in a large urban hub. It will reveal local perspectives, citizen approaches and community practices as outbreak response effort, and enhance our understanding of the cultural dimensions of the epidemic. We will run a digital campaign to tell the real-life stories of how COVID 19 misinformation harm health and well-being of community. We need the community to understand the real impact of misinformation in COVID 19 to our communities. This, in turn, we will connect those affected by misinformation in COVID 19 for mutual support, Connect those affected with support services such as psychologists. Connect those affected with appropriate evidence based/medically proven healthcare providers. Educate the wider community on how to support our community. Empower individuals/families to gain knowledge (through appropriate sources), build confidence to access wider support services.

Viability: what needs to be true for you to be able to implement your idea? What stakeholders, partnerships and resources might be required to implement this solution?

(1) An online resource hub that provides accurate and timely information on COVID-19, and practical ways to cope with fear and anxiety (2) an online group training with live video meeting to reduce stigma/stress and promote resilience among affected groups (individuals tested positive; healthcare providers experiencing stress or burnout, community leaders); and (3) a framework that sustains the first two components and aligns people, processes, and resources together. Our team includes clinicians, researchers, and leaders from diverse public, arts, and business sectors. We will also reach out to key opinion leaders and community influencers to mobilize affected communities. We will use focus groups, surveys, and note-taking on project activities to examine the effectiveness of our program in reducing stress and stigma, and promoting collective resilience, or how to best support the affected groups to keep well despite the challenges. We use social media and knowledge sharing events to educate the broader community on the true impact of misinformation, disinformation, stigma and fear, with the hope that this will improve community cohesion during the outbreak phase, in recovery, and for future resilience.

Adaptability: how does your idea adapt to frequent changes within the context you are implementing, due to COVID-19? Consider the rapidly shifting government policies, and healthcare economic realities that might influence end users.

The proposed project is culturally relevant, practical, and community-based. We collaborate with emergency health management professionals to develop a culturally-specific public education campaign to support efforts to adress misinformation and to destigmatize our communities during the COVID-19. We use evidence-based communication from government and expert public health sources that can help to minimize panic or stigmatization, support the adoption of appropriate precautions, and promote effective and pro-social responses. We will develop tangible countermeasures that can aid in minimizing the negative impacts of the disease on individuals and communities. With the emergence of a new disease like COVID-19, there is the potential for significant fear, stigmatization, and misinformation.

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