The Rooted in Trust Humanitarian bulletin aims to help mitigate the spread of rumors and misinformation about COVID-19 response in Zimbabwe. It provides health and humanitarian organizations with rumor trends identified through systematic collection and analysis of social media listening data. Rumor trends identified, and analysis done are to help humanitarian actors and health workers better inform their Risk Communication & Community Engagement (RCCE) strategies.
Rumors in the Bulletin were collected by Internews Zimbabwe, over a period of two weeks from February 9, 2022, to February 22, 2022. Overall, Internews identified a total of 52 rumors from various posts and comments from Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. Rumors selection criteria is based on a risk assessment matrix that accounts for the frequency of the discussion or social media engagements and its potential impact in the community.
Read the full bulletin below to find out the nature of rumors that have been going around regarding the pandemic.
Access the bulletin here (686KB PDF)