“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic”, says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation. While heeding expert advice is always a good idea, misinformation on issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic can yield especially mortifying results. While many social platforms are doing their bit in the propagation of vital reliable information, we’re spreading word from our in-house experts on best practices, awareness and action.
Here are the top messages from health nonprofits from the 50by40 coalition.
- Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments: With almost all of their members working tirelessly in hospitals – the health community is busy tackling the pandemic front and center. Alongside sharing a message of warmth and pride for the people in the health community, ANHE goes a step beyond, making the link between health and climate change and discussing what to expect from Covid-19, and what the pandemic may mean for the climate movement in this webinar.
- Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: With many hours of medical education already available online, PCRM is now providing telemedicine in six states across the United States. They also share an interesting podcast separating fact from fiction, answering common questions such as foods that boost the immune system, people at greater risk and more. They also take the conversation beyond health to explore how poultry farms and meat plants are rife with bacteria that put our health at risk. Their resources are rapidly increasing, so make sure to see their website for regular updates.
- Healthcare Without Harm: A global movement for responsible healthcare, HCWH is focusing on creating resources for health care providers. In particular, they speak about managing COVID-19-related waste such as masks and PPEs (personal protective equipment) and launched a solutions resource center for health professionals. Much like ANHE, they too explore the link between climate and the coronavirus, and hosted a webinar on 31st March, 7.30 AM, and were even covered in the Boston Globe Magazine. Shifting their attention to the general public, they’re working on a partnership with an NGO to address food insecurity through hospitals. The India office of HCWH also created a 22-page comic book, aimed at spreading COVID-19 awareness. Here’s a video snippet of the book.
- True Health Initiative: Working to inform and educate the public on the ongoings of COVID-19, THI shares resources, both written themselves and from trusted resources. Providing information that is relatable, and easy to understand – they touch on many important issues such as diet as a means of both suffering and cure, on where we stand, and potential strategies of hope and how we should be reacting to this pandemic. They have a huge repository of articles on their homepage, so be sure to check them out here.
We hope to curate more expert lists from within 50by40, in the weeks to come.