Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund

by Internews
Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund
Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund
Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund
Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund
Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund
Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund
Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund
Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund

Over the past few years, the world has endured significant loss and suffering. Despite these challenges, we see hope in the global community’s support of health equity and rights for the most vulnerable. In the past few months, your generous support has helped us to amplify important news reports and media discussions on public health and equity:

Women, Media, and Health:

On March 8th, we celebrated International Women’s Day. On this important occasion, Chidera Aneka, a member of Internews’ Health Journalism Network (HJN) based in Nigeria, spoke with Paula Orlando, Internews’ Senior Program Officer – Knowledge & Gender, on how to achieve gender balance in the media. You can listen in on the conversation and learn more about this important topic, including practical tools for journalists and business professionals to advance gender balance in the media, in this short podcast session.

Your support has helped HJN to amplify important stories related to women and girls’ health-related rights, from El Salvador to Zambia:

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy through Journalism:

The world still grapples with COVID-19 vaccine mistrust and concerns about their efficacy. This begs the question: How can journalists give unvaccinated people the information they need to protect themselves? Thanks in part to your support, we’ve engaged with public health experts and journalists on vaccine storytelling specifically aimed at those who are unvaccinated. Examples include:

  • Internews’ Online Media Dialog - a series of global and regional dialogs supported by the Sabin Vaccine Institute - recently hosted a media event for journalists in Eastern Europe. Our pandemic media mentor Artyom Liss moderated a discussion with journalists and partners in the region who are grappling with vaccine storytelling for audiences who have tuned out. Event participants left with practical, actionable advice to engage with these audiences, along with an opportunity to apply for a COVID-19 vaccine reporting fellowship.
  • In another podcast session, HJN Member Engagement Coordinator, Kathryn Cleary, also chatted with John Kinsman, a social and behavior change expert from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, to address the big questions about how journalists can better engage with unvaccinated persons in their reporting. Listen to their conversation here.

Through events like these, we aim to bring journalist perspectives from the field of risk communication and behavioral science – and to help journalists find new ways to write about the COVID-19 pandemic and the protection offered by vaccines. Thank you for your continued partnership on this important initiative.

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Panel Discussion at AIJC 2021
Panel Discussion at AIJC 2021

Thank you as always for your generous support in our Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund. Your solidarity has helped us support communities tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, by creating healthier information ecosystems that help overcome vaccine hesitancy, improve access to vaccines, and mitigate the pandemic’s wider harms. Here are some highlights from our COVID-19 response in the past few months:

Solutions Journalism and Investigative Health Reporting for African Journalists: On October 11th, Internews Global Health Advisor Ida Jooste moderated a discussion between Internews Pandemic Media Mentors Adele Baleta and Michael Sazwedel, Nigerian broadcast journalist (and HJN Vaccine Stories Production grantee) Chidera Aneke and South African investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh. The discussion, titled “The COVID 19 Story: Science, Scandal, Solutions” formed part of this year’s African Investigative Journalism Conference. Panelists provided insight for journalists reporting on and making sense of science; highlighted the importance of solutions journalism, particularly during the pandemic; and shared the ins and outs of Daily Maverick’s Scorpio investigation into the Digital Vibes corruption scandal in South Africa. Read more here.

Claves de Salud - Conversations with Health Experts in Spanish: To improve information around the COVID-19 pandemic and support journalists in the region, the Rapid Response Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean together with the Internews Health Journalism Network initiated a series of online conversations with health experts and seasoned health journalists. These sessions are moderated by Graziella Almendral del Rio, award-winning journalist, author, TV host and Internews Pandemic Media Mentor. The #ClavesdeSalud sessions seek to inform community reporters and health communicators who represent marginalized and hard-to-reach communities on the latest scientific developments around COVID-19 by increasing access to credible and reliable sources. Read the blog and access the recordings here.

Reporting on Mental Health: The mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting many people all over the world, including journalists. In a first of a series of webinars for media professionals, the Internews Health Journalism Network in partnership with the Center for Mental Health Law and Policy (CMHLP) in India hosted a discussion on how journalists can responsibly report on suicide. The discussion featured expert insights from the CMHLP as well as two journalists who shared their personal experiences with suicide, plus a demonstration of a free e-learning course for journalists specifically designed for reporting on suicide. Watch the webinar here. Knowing the mental toll journalists have long suffered from stressors like deadlines, commissions as well as the hazards incurred in reporting on the frontlines of a global pandemic, the Health Journalism Network has also compiled resources to help journalists to keep mentally healthy during these challenging times. Find these tips and resources here. The second webinar in this series is planned for the end of November and will focus on addressing inequities in mental health care and services.

We are so grateful for your partnership. Together with journalists, local media, civil society organizations, social media influencers, scientists, and public health professionals, we can help communities make lifesaving and informed choices that puts an end to the COVID-19 pandemic—one accurate, evidence-based story at a time.

Claves de Salud Webinar Series
Claves de Salud Webinar Series
Health Journalism Network's Mental Health Webinars
Health Journalism Network's Mental Health Webinars

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Thank you for your generous support to our Information Saves Lives: COVID-19 Response Fund. Around the world, pervasive health misinformation exacerbates other public health challenges, from inequitable vaccination access, inadequate health systems, to a lack of political will on the part of governments.

Over the halfway mark for 2021, Internews is dedicated as ever to support journalists and media partners on the frontlines in providing essential information on the status of the pandemic and health services to communities. We have recently established the Health Journalism Network (HJN), a dynamic global community of media practitioners reporting on health, including emerging pathogen threats. As of July 2021, the network has over 850 registered members from 65 countries. Our aim is to connect people and build a dynamic community of media practitioners reporting on health, including COVID-19.

We have also recently launched Let’s Talk Vaccines, an interactive e-learning course for journalists focused on the COVID-19 vaccines. In addition to covering vaccine science, access to the vaccine, and the logistics of vaccine rollout, the course also addresses how journalists can build vaccine confidence through their reporting. As a follow up to that course, we have also launched Vaccine Stories Production Grants, where we will support selected journalists who have completed the free online course to pitch, produce, and disseminate a vaccine story in their local and regional media.

It’s been an incredible journey accompanying courageous journalists and media groups to counter the onslaught of health misinformation. In the words of Professor Salim Abdool Karim, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health epidemiologist and director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) at our recent course launch, “It is a calling to be fact-providers, to explain the uncertainty amidst the facts and to help society come to terms with its harsh reality of those who spin and camouflage the truth.”

Your generous support is enabling us in this important work. Thank you again for your ongoing partnership!

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Thank you for your generous support of Internews’ COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. With the ongoing pandemic and a rise in vaccine hesitancy, support from donors like you is helping our local partners around the world build resiliency in the strained socioeconomic climate caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Our partners are continuing to provide fact checked information to vulnerable communities so that they can be better informed about protecting themselves and their families and how to access available services. For example, Internews is supporting its partners to dispel misinformation about vaccines by providing factual and reliable information about vaccine science and rollout services.

Over the past year, Internews' Information Saves Lives Rapid Response Fund has continued to provide financial and technical support to over 320 media outlets in around 68 countries in 135 languages. By giving media partners the tools to report on COVID-19, we are ensuring that journalists have the knowledge to report on health emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic as well as the capacity to publish fact-based information to targeted populations that are most at-risk.  

In South Africa, Food for Mzansi, a digital news organization with a keen focus on rural and agricultural communities, worked with the guidance of Internews to create a comic strip to provide relevant COVID-19 information in a creative way to youth and adults with limited literacy. The comic strip included characters like Captain Stay Safe and Thandi, comic heroes who look out for them during the pandemic. Produced in 11 languages, the comic strip helps both children as well as adults better understand the severity of the virus and the guidelines to protect themselves. By providing information to underserved agricultural communities in South Africa, our partner media organization is helping farmers and their families safely navigate these uncertain times during the pandemic.

In Colombia, SentARTE is using their multimedia skills to inform indigenous communities, specifically indigenous women and children, about the current status of the pandemic and how to survive the physical and psychological impacts of COVID-19. By producing infographics, animations, and podcasts, our partner organization amplifies issues related to indigenous rights and also works with Internews’ Health Journalism Network to attend to concerns around the pandemic and ensure that residents of isolated communities can access fact-checked information about how to stay safe and access health services.

In the United Kingdom, Tinig UK, an online news site for Filipino migrants, has been focusing on protecting vulnerable migrants who work in the healthcare field. Since the start of the pandemic, over 60 Filipino healthcare workers have been reported to have died from the coronavirus. Tinig UK founder, Liezel, aims to counter misinformation in Filipino migrant communities, elevate the voices of underserved migrants to the broader nation, and address any concerns related to the pandemic, such as vaccine hesitancy.

Thank you for your support of our mission to keep communities informed during this difficult time. Producing and disseminating accurate and verified information about the pandemic is key to keeping the most vulnerable healthy and safe. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our COVID response work, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

We look forward to sharing more information about our partners and projects that have been made possible with your donations.

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On behalf of Internews, we would like to thank you for your generous support of our COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. With a global spike in coronavirus cases, support from donors like you is helping our local partners around the world to keep disseminating fact checked information to vulnerable communities that are susceptible to misinformation so that they can better protect themselves and their families as well as know what services are available and where and how to access those services.

Over the past 8 months, Internews' Information Saves Lives Rapid Response Fund has continued to  provide financial and technical support to over 180 media partners in around 70 countries in 110 languages, giving them the tools to report on COVID-19 to underserved populations. We are ensuring that journalist partners have the knowledge to report on health emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic as well as the capacity to publish fact-based information to targeted populations that are most at-risk.  

For example, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),Action for Vulnerable Women and Children (ASFEV) has received support from Internews’ Rapid Response Fund to report on COVID-19 awareness and prevention in the local Fizi language to the women in the Sud-Kivu province. Enacted as a program to protect the rights of rural women and victims of sexual assault, ASFEV now distributes radios, 2GB memory cards, and masks for community members to learn more about the way the virus spreads and its symptoms and the preventive measures that should be taken to protect themselves against COVID-19. By giving rural women accurate and relevant information on the current state of the pandemic, ASFEV is not only containing the spread of the pandemic, but it is also closing the information gap for women in these male dominated communities and increasing gender equality in DRC. To read more on ASFEV’s impressive work, please click here.  

 In Haiti, a local  online news media outlet, AyiboPost, has received support from Internews’ Rapid Response Fund to increase COVID-19 coverage to over 500,000 of its readers. The online news outlet is conducting extensive reporting informing the community with up to date news about the current status of the pandemic and its impact on day to day life. The outlet is also teaching its journalists to stay safe and better protect themselves while reporting in the midst of a pandemic. If you want to see what kind of content AyiboPost produces, take a look at their website here 

As for our work in the Balkans, our partner the Bosnian news portal klix.ba is providing accurate quantitative data on the pandemic to the public and the government as there is a dearth of  credible information in the country. With the rise of COVID-19, it has been more important than ever to gather factual data and generate visual information that maps out the spread of the virus, capturing the number of cases and the number of deaths in various regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. To look at some of the graphical representations produced by klix.ba that make it easier for the public to understand health information, please click here. 

Thank you donors for your support towards our mission to keep communities informed during this difficult time as we navigate the pandemic. Producing and disseminating accurate and verified information about the pandemic is key to keeping the most vulnerable parts of the world healthy and safe. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our COVID response work, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

We look forward to sharing more information about our projects and partners that have been made possible with your contributions.

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