A three day workshop on Risk Communication organized by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) is ongoing in Paynesville City, from August 8 thru 10, 2018.
According to an NPHIL release, 15 participants from various institutions including the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and the National Disaster Agency among others are participating in the workshop.
The objective of the workshop is to build the capacity of national risk communication and surveillance focal persons on epidemic and pandemic risk communication, understanding risk communication for public health emergencies and how to describe the role of effective risk communication in public health emergency response, the release asserted.
Risk communication is a core public health intervention in any disease outbreak and health emergency. It refers to the real-time exchange of information, advice and opinions between experts, officials and people who face a threat to their wellbeing, to enable informed decision making and to adopt protective behaviors. It is also a core element in emergency preparedness and response and identified by the International Health Regulation (IHR 2005) as one of the elements that all countries need to put and sustain to detect, report, and respond to any public health emergency, the release indicated.