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Three myths of disseminating COVID-19 information to vulnerable migrants in Japan: lessons learned during the pandemic

Hiroyuki Kiyohara, Yuko Teshima, Haru Angelique Hoshino, Miwa Kanda, Sadatoshi Matsuoka, Azusa Iwamoto & Masami Fujita
Trop Med Health 50, 13 (2022).
DOI: 10.1186/s41182-022-00404-9

This paper discusses the challenges of disseminating COVID-19 information to migrant populations by sharing our trial-and-error approach. In 2018, the Migrants’ Neighbor Network & Action (MINNA), a consortium of individuals and organizations that addressed the issues of accessing relevant information and services for migrants in Japan, was launched. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the MINNA attempted to investigate and improve access to health information among Vietnamese, Nepali, and Burmese migrants in Japan. In public health emergencies, interactive process of information dissemination is necessary. It is a key component for risk communication and should be prioritized. Breakthroughs in communicating with a larger audience could be possible through partnerships with online communities.

TAIHEN Press release

Challenges in Vaccination, Testing, and Impoverishment Faced by Foreign Nationals
“A Survey on the Impact of COVID-19” among 1,000 Vietnamese people living in Japan Survey Results
The press release in English is here.


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