Sudan: Spread facts, not fear, in the fight against COVID-19

Misinformation, rumors and myths can be as deadly as COVID-19. During a pandemic, sharing accurate information – and stopping the spread of misinformation – can save lives.

PRESS NOTE

KHARTOUM -- As coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads globally, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), United Nations in Sudan and other partners are calling for members of the public to share facts, verified health advice, and official information to help combat the disease.

Misinformation, rumors and myths can be as deadly as COVID-19. During a pandemic, sharing accurate information – and stopping the spread of misinformation – can save lives.

We call on all Sudanese to do their part, and spread facts not fear in the fight against COVID-19. Combating fake or misleading information about the virus is an individual and collective responsibility.

Despite significant sharing of facts, verified health advice and effective protection measures from credible sources, misleading information is being widely shared by the public, particularly on social media and messaging platforms. Additionally, incorrect health information claiming to be from UN agencies has appeared online.

False information about the virus, misleading myths about cures, and incorrect health advice can have devastating consequences.

Four steps are recommended for members of the public to help stop the spread of misinformation:

Use only credible, official sources such as the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF

Check the facts on official websites or social media platforms before acting, believing advice or sharing information online

Don’t spread misinformation, even if it seems accurate

Help authorities get real advice out, share official materials

To support national efforts to control the spread of the virus, the UN in Sudan will continue to distribute critical information to the Sudanese public while adhering to the principles of physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings. Additionally, the UN will regularly share guidelines and recommendations with health authorities at the federal and state levels.

To access and disseminate reliable information on COVID-19, please consult:

Websites:

Federal Ministry of Health

World Health Organization (WHO)

UNICEF Sudan                                                         

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/UnitedNationsSudan/

https://www.facebook.com/whosudan/

https://www.facebook.com/UNICEFSudan/

https://www.facebook.com/UNFPASUDAN2020/

https://www.facebook.com/IOMSudan2015/

https://www.facebook.com/UNDPSudan/

 

WhatsApp:

WHO, UNICEF and UNDP-supported COVID-19 WhatsApp Account. Simply send "مرحبا"  or “hi” to +41 22 501 70 23 on WhatsApp to get the latest COVID-19 advice, ask questions and check your facts. Or visit wa.me/41225017023?text=مرحبا

 

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UN entities involved in this initiative
FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
IAEA
International Atomic Energy Agency
IFAD
International Fund for Agricultural Development
ILO
International Labor Organization
IOM
International Organization for Migration
OCHA
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OHCHR
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UN-Habitat
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UN
United Nations
UNAIDS
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIDO
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNMAS
United Nations Mine Action Service
UNODC
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNOPS
United Nations Office for Project Services
UNV
United Nations Volunteers
WFP
World Food Programme
WHO
World Health Organization