Everyone has cellphones! The explosive growth of mobile phone ownership and social media use in Africa has created new modes of communication, education, information sharing, and opportunities for research. Of the 1 million Facebook users in Zimbabwe, 40% are under 25 years old. Further, due to COVID-19, physical distancing, quarantine and lockdowns have changed the way people socialize, forcing many to use social media platforms to stay connected with loved ones. Many beneficial impacts of social media have been identified by researchers. However, when it comes to how researchers use social media in global health research, we know very little….

Check out this poster to learn more: social_media_africa

This poster was presented and published in the IAB 2020 World Congress of Bioethics conference, created by our team which represents Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, the Biomedical Research and Training Institute in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, UK. Our multidisciplinary team includes expertise in sexual and reproductive health, neuroscience, and maternal and child health.

Authors of the poster: Elizabeth Aimone1, Paige Riley Ebbesen O’Leary1, Andrea Koris1, Daniel Mususa2, Salome Manyau2 , Ethel Dauya2, Rashida Ferrand2,3, Grace McHugh2, Kearsley A. Stewart1
1Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, USA; 2Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Zimbabwe; 3 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK