Information Access as a Strategy to Overcome Health Inequities in the Context of COVID-19


Information access is a universal human right. Unfortunately, a large segment of the population in the world lacks opportunities to develop their information skills and health literacy. The inequalities were more evident during the COVID-19 health crisis. The author explains why quality information and suitable internet access are important to understand social determinants of health. This chapter includes a description of information access and health literacy as a prerequisite for health and defines information skills, disinformation, health literacy, and the challenges we face. The methodology is a literature review, of a sample of innovative projects, geospatial, and other relevant information services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. The author compiled a list of information literacy guidelines and frameworks (Included at the end of the chapter).

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The Role of GIS in COVID-19 Management and Control