WLIC 2021 Virtual Conference Open Session: Provocation by Evidence for Global and Disaster Health SIG

Access to health information as a human right: A global call to action and practical steps

When

17 – 19 August 2021

Where

Online

Description

COVID-19 presents the library profession with a huge opportunity. Never before has everyone been so aware of the need for reliable healthcare information, and yet so vulnerable to misinformation. Misinformation is a growing threat to global health. The only way to deal with it is to promote universal access to reliable healthcare information, and to empower people to tell the difference between reliable information and misinformation.

To make this happen, library and information professionals need to take the lead. We need a strategic shift to:

1. Secure global political and financial commitment to reliable healthcare information as a prerequisite for the right to health and health for all

2. Lobby governments to recognise their obligation under international human rights law to improve access to reliable information and protect people from misinformation

3. Bring together all stakeholders to develop a global action plan to improve access to reliable healthcare information and protect people from misinformation

Alongside strategic action, we need immediate practical action led by library and information professionals. In particular, there is an urgent need to empower people to tell the difference between reliable information and misinformation.

Different presenters will argue for and against a range of options such as:

1. Building health literacy

2. Creating new content/resources

3. Signposting

4. Creating 'safe spaces' for information.

Four guest speakers will debate these and other issues and invite discussion from participants in a Question and Answer session.

Access to health information as a human right: A global call to action and practical steps

Moderator: Bob Gann

Neil Pakenham-Walsh

Margaret Zimmerman

Ola El Zein

Blessing Mawire

Congress

Last update: 2 July 2021