I attended the pre-conference of the first World Health Organization (WHO) Infodemiology last 29 June 2020. I think that’s how I got on the emailing list which led me to luckily (I don’t read all my emails yikes) see the announcement email about the #infodemicmanager training.
At that pre-conference, I learned a lot from Dr. David Nabarro, the WHO special envoy.
I had tweeted about infodemiology some years back but had not kept up with the literature.
And so applying for the infodemic manager training felt like I was joining a talent search like Starstruck … Dream, believe, survive! I even had to make a personal video statement. [Graphic below by Sam Bradd]
I’m happy to report that I got in the first cohort!! And I hope to write about my progress (my journey through the factory) on this blog. [Graphic below by Sam Bradd]
By the way, I am proud to represent the Philippines. There are three other Filipinos in this first cohort of 270. A total of 650 applications from 83 countries was received. Yup, that’s a tamaraw unicorn! [Graphic below by Sam Bradd]
The first creative activity was to compose a haiku on joining the training. Here’s what I sent in; and no that’s not dolomite 😉 .
I wrote a few more haikus, but that’s what I finally sent in.
Dis- or misinfo- Make online safer for all Do, there is no try
Whose version of truth will you accept or reject Infodemic asks
An infodemic manager discerns when lies bewitch the truth