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that brings together doctors, data scientists, researchers, technologists and journalists from across the globe to strengthen the fight against health misinformation.
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First Check Coffee Table Book

As the surge of unscientific, unsafe health claims grows exponentially on social media platforms, First Check actively creates collaborations to unite the medical community with the public and facilitates easy access to accurate medical information. Currently, the network has 53 members from 24 countries.

What you read in this Coffee Table Book is a labour of love. Narratives from 20 professionals who are fighting the good fight – against health misinformation, a global public health challenge. From doctors and public health experts to researchers and journalists, here’s a glimpse into their lives,challenges, and aspirations as they navigate an ever-evolving landscape.

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Misinformation Alert! View All
Wearing makeup during exercise not healthy for skin: Study

Wearing makeup during exercise not healthy for skin: Study

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Malaria vaccine saves two million kids : WHO 2023 Results Report

Malaria vaccine saves two million kids : WHO 2023 Results Report

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Fact-check: Mango & its anti-cancer benefits

Fact-check: Mango & its anti-cancer benefits

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Fact-check: Reducing calories in rice by adding coconut oil

Fact-check: Reducing calories in rice by adding coconut oil

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World Malaria Day 2024 Crossword!

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Why health fact-checking is still important

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Explainer: Can humans get avian flu?

Explainer: Can humans get avian flu?

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AI search engines promote illegal online pharmacies: Study 

AI search engines promote illegal online pharmacies: Study 

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Food safety: 5 harmful chemicals in food products

Food safety: 5 harmful chemicals in food products

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Mental health: The silent pandemic we are grappling with

Mental health: The silent pandemic we are grappling with

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FIRST TAKE View All

When health misinformation thrives during uncertainty – An excerpt from First Check’s Coffee Table Book

Published on : Jun 8, 2024

By building a culture of critical thinking and evidence-based discourse, we can mitigate the harmful effects of misinformation and promote...

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Lessons in fighting health misinformation from Nigeria

Published on : Mar 19, 2024

Beyond short-term online campaigns, proactively engage with social media influencers and equip them with the necessary tools and knowledge to...

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EXPERT INSIGHTS View More

Video series aimed to improve the quality of health and science reporting through video stories by debunking unscientific myths, medical misinformation and or fake/doctored videos or images related to public health.

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Dr. Nicola Simone

Ivermectin without preconceptions

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Dr Cait McMahon

Challenging the myths of women’s mental health

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Dr. Raphael Byamungu

Combating COVID-19 myths in Africa

EXPLAINER View All
Explainer: Why typhoid fever is so hard to beat

Explainer: Why typhoid fever is so…

Published on : Jun 19, 2024

Access to clean drinking water, hygienic food,...

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Fact-check: Only child syndrome is a myth

Fact-check: Only child syndrome is a…

Published on : Apr 8, 2024

Rather than attributing certain behaviours to being...

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Explainer: The hazards of vaginal whitening products

Explainer: The hazards of vaginal whitening…

Published on : Apr 1, 2024

Vaginal lightening promotes unhealthy body image ideals,...

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Explainer: Why moderation is crucial in caffeine consumption

Explainer: Why moderation is crucial in…

Published on : Mar 22, 2024

Excessive caffeine intake can lead to poor...

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Explainer: The presence of PFAS & BPA in your kitchen

Explainer: The presence of PFAS &…

Published on : Mar 12, 2024

These chemicals can accumulate in the body...

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Explainer: How malaria vaccines can eradicate the disease

Explainer: How malaria vaccines can eradicate…

Published on : Feb 19, 2024

There are two malaria vaccines recommended by...

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Explainer: The perils of protein deficiency

Explainer: The perils of protein deficiency

Published on : Feb 13, 2024

Poor dietary choices, food insecurity, certain medical...

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Explainer: Understanding thyroid disorders

Explainer: Understanding thyroid disorders

Published on : Jan 30, 2024

Greater awareness empowers individuals to recognise early...

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