Ugandan initiative to improve health communication

By Esther Nakkazi [KAMPALA] Building communication capacity of researchers, policymakers and knowledge intermediaries such as journalists, librarians and journal editors and bridging them is crucial for dissemination of timely and evidence-based health information. As a result, an initiative for mobilising journalists, policymakers, journal editors, researchers and librarians to improve health communication and public understanding has …

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Don’t wait for crises to reach public with science

By Tolu Oni Young researchers in particular should get support to engage society routinely, says Tolu Oni. A wide range of players, from policymakers to the media, often consult scientists at times of crisis or social controversy. At such times, how the public perceives the credibility and relevance of scientists to society is vital to …

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Managing rumours and misinformation in West Africa

By Amzath Fassassi[Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] Rumours about Ebola generated social challenges that were real but surmountable, finds Amzath Fassasi. As the Ebola epidemic was advancing on Guinea’s capital Conakry in April 2014 a powerful rumour started to spread among the people living on the outskirts. Onions and coffee, so the …

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