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Which is busting myths in health by bolstering the accuracy of health information available worldwide. We are safeguarding public health against 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
Adopting a hybrid strategy of prebunking and debunking

Adopting a hybrid strategy of prebunking and debunking

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Interview: ‘Misinformation can lead to misunderstandings about scientific facts’

Interview: ‘Misinformation can lead to misunderstandings about scientific facts’

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Explainer: The perils of protein deficiency

Explainer: The perils of protein deficiency

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AI-generated content cannot provide personalised medical advice: Study

AI-generated content cannot provide personalised medical advice: Study

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Explainer: How malaria vaccines can eradicate the disease

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Fact-check: Working night shifts takes a toll on one’s health

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Fact-check: Eggs, fruits, oats are not unhealthy breakfast

Fact-check: Eggs, fruits, oats are not unhealthy breakfast

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Explainer: Why HPV vaccination is the most effective strategy against cervical cancer

Explainer: Why HPV vaccination is the most effective strategy against cervical cancer

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Leprosy: 3 myths that refuse to die

Leprosy: 3 myths that refuse to die

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Dilute vaccine misinformation with large amounts of scientific evidence: US FDA experts

Dilute vaccine misinformation with large amounts of scientific evidence: US FDA experts

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FIRST TAKE View All

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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Conspiracy theories major obstacle to new global pandemic treaty: WHO

Published on : Feb 6, 2024

Despite lessons that should have been learned during COVID-19, the world is unprepared for the next pandemic, be it an...

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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

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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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Explainer: What is SAD?

Explainer: What is SAD?

Published on : Jan 9, 2024

Individuals with limited access to natural light,...

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