Covid-19 and World Health Organisation

Participation in the Third WHO Infodemic Manager Training


  • An infodemic according to the WHO is “an overabundance of information, both online and offline”, and typically accompanies outbreaks and pandemics e.g. COVID-19. Mis- and dis-information have wide ranging serious and adverse impacts on individuals, communities and health systems, and undermines public health responses to COVID-19.
  • The 3rd WHO IM training is aimed to address the critical and urgent global need to develop capacity in infodemic management interventions and practice to understand and mitigate the impact of infodemics in a timely manner.


  • The 3rd IM training is aimed to build capacity so that trainees will be able to apply their knowledge and skills gained in national preparedness and response to infodemics and support the development of networks for knowledge and resource exchange
  • The training will encompass global and region-specific topics in the infodemic and health misinformation

Research Methodology

  • The virtual training will be held between 16 November and 9 December 2021 and comprises of 8 live 3-hour sessions. The total 48 hours are spread between lectures, SkillLabs, breakout working groups/ discussion, group work, assignments, and quizzes. The trainees work in groups and deliver recommendations for action for an infodemic case study.
  • In order to receive a certificate of training, trainees will need to attend at least 80% of the sessions, contribute actively to group work, acquire at least 80% in all the quizzes and demonstrate active uptake of skills and knowledge in evaluations in a timely manner.

Current Status

The training is currently ongoing and will see its completion on 9 December 2021.

TGI participants: Dr. Balaji Gummidi, Dr. Shruti Murthy, Dr. Sumaiya Arfin