The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is pleased to partner with Facebook Journalism Project on a training program that allows journalists across the Middle East and North Africa to produce high-quality and engaging stories that shine a light on life in refugee camps at this time of the coronavirus pandemic. The program equips journalists with the skills, resources, and technical support needed to produce compelling reports that surface underreported stories from refugee camps across countries with large refugee communities such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. With an emphasis on the direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19 on an already struggling community. The goal is to ensure that this vulnerable community is not forgotten during the global pandemic.
HealthBuddy, a multilingual interactive chatbot, is the newest tool to be launched as a resource for countries in Europe and Central Asia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The chatbot, developed by WHO/Europe and UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO), will help countries in the region to access accurate information, and counter misinformation surrounding the virus.
The coronavirus pandemic is definitely a bad thing. Sadly, people can make bad things even worse than they already are. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the coronavirus pandemic is unleashing “a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering”. He also provided several examples of how this pandemic is quickly becoming a “human rights crisis.”
TikTok isn’t only useful for practical health information—although doctors and nurses have been showing off some killer moves over the past few weeks, and reaching teenagers who might otherwise be missed by the UK government’s lacking communication strategy. It is also providing a sense of community, something that is more and more important as the possibility of lockdown looms longer, and digital spaces shift from being a secondary aspect of our social lives, to being a an essential space for maintaining social connections. For teenagers, this is particularly important.
Two practical guides about how to keep young people healthy during the global COVID-19 pandemic. One is aimed directly at adolescents and young people and another is aimed at parents, caregivers and healthcare providers. The guides are available in English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. In addition to the guides, viewers can download images with short and simple messages from the guide, and share on social media and WhatsApp.