The fifth activity related to the organization of two webinars. Experts from Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Moldova, shared their knowledge and experience on the outmost importance and relevant topics in connection with the COVID-19 disruption.
The first Regional webinar was organized on “Primary Healthcare as main gatekeeper and crucial systemic element in the COVID-19 containment”, on 26 October 2020, 13:00-14:30 pm CET, online via Zoom.
The topic of the webinar has been chosen to build upon the main objective of the project. Nurses are one of the core pillars of the health systems and are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response – providing care and playing a critical role in emergency risk reduction, preparedness and response. Primary health care nurses are often the first ones to get in direct contact with potential COVID-19 positive patients providing guidance and collecting samples for the diagnostic. They also provide the essential care for the patients, they coordinate efforts with other health professionals and other members of the response team during emergencies. Without well-prepared and protected healthcare staff, there is no effective response to health threats.
Over 35 participants contributed to discussions on the primary health care crucial role as gatekeeper and first line contact with potential COVID-19 patients.
The second Regional Webinar has been organized on “What is currently known about countering misinformation and resilience against misinformation?”, on 25 February 2021, 1:00-2:30 pm CET, online via Zoom. Information literacy proves to be a critical resource and the role of nurses in combating COVID-19 related misinformation is now important more than ever. The webinar aimed at providing valuable insights on tools to guide the communities through a minefield of misinformation during these challenging times.