KHARTOUM, 1 April 2020 -- 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. Combatting 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:
Federal Ministry of Health
World Health Organization (WHO)
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
For more information, please contact: Mr. Ayman Suliman United Nations Information Centre / Resident Coordinator Office
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child and is committed to the children of Sudan. We never give up on finding solutions that provide immediate help to save the lives of children or provide durable support so that those children grow up with dignity, health and an education.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.