Call for Papers: WHO Special Theme Issue “Chatbots and COVID-19″.

JMIR Publications is delighted to announce a collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) in publishing a theme issue entitled “Chatbots and COVID-19“.

The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) (IF 5.43) is issuing a Call for Papers for a special theme issue to examine the use of chatbots during the pandemic.

JMIR and the WHO welcome submissions related to the development, use, and impact of chatbots during the pandemic and into the future.

For this theme issue, the article processing fee (APF) is discounted by 20%.

Submissions due: 30 April 2022

Initial decisions: 30 June 2022

Publication begins: 30 November 2022

The “Chatbots and COVID-19” theme issue will showcase research papers based on the WHO’s work with chatbots.  This theme issue springs from the WHO’s experience in building and utilizing chatbots to share information and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO’s webinar series invited governments, NGOs, academia, and the private sector to come together to discuss and share lessons learned during the pandemic.

The guest editors for this theme issue are:

•             Andy Pattison, Team Lead Digital Channels at the WHO in Geneva.

•             Gini Arnold, Head of the Ambassador Team in the Department of Social Determinants at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

•             Robert Marten, Scientist at the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at the WHO in Geneva.

•             Hebe Gouda, Epidemiologist and Project Officer with the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative in Geneva.

•             Tina Purnat, Team Lead for Infodemic Management at the Unit for High Impact Events Preparedness, Department of Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness at the WHO.

SAVE THE DATE: CSO – WHO DG Dialogue on Sustainable Financing 17.12.2021

WHO inviting you to save the date for a CSO dialogue with WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sustainable Financing of WHO, planned for 17 December 2021 at 14.00-15.30 CET (Amsterdam, Geneva, Paris).

As you may know, there is currently a Member State Working Group on Sustainable Financing which will make recommendations to the WHO Executive Board in January 2022. Their fifth meeting will be held from 13-15 December and the Chair of that Working Group, Mr Björn Kümmel of Germany, will also participate in the dialogue to update CSOs on the outcomes of that meeting and the report that will be go forward to the Executive Board.

The CSO DG dialogues are organized to find proposals and solutions, working together in order to support the achievement of the WHO triple billion targets as well as to accelerate the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. This dialogue will be organized to discuss how the sustainable financing of WHO supports these high level goals, the role that civil society can play by engaging and advocating with their constituencies at the national/subnational levels to generate support for a fully and sustainably funded WHO and the information that CSOs would find most useful as they engage with policy makers.

Should you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate the contact us at hmp@who.int.

More details and the agenda as well as the connection details will be communicated closer to the meeting.

“Obesity: Advancing the global food and health agendas” webinar. Registration open

On Monday 7th June from 15:00 – 16:00 CEST, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and World Obesity will host a virtual health talk as part of WHO Food Systems Dialogues Week.
During a World Obesity Day eventObesity: Setting the global agenda” Dr Tedros introduce a new Coalition that will lead, coordinate and drive action on obesity globally.

Following this, the conversation is now moving forward to discuss how partners are advancing the food and health agendas to address obesity.

This event will introduce the new Global Obesity Coalition’s work streams on narrative, regulation and primary health care, with a panel of speakers from government, UN and civil society debating some of the challenges in multi-sector approaches, as well as the opportunities provided by the UN Food System Summit to advance global action on obesity.

Registration is open