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Facebook forms global alliance with leading health organisations

With an aim to empower public on how social media and behavioural sciences can be leveraged to improve the health of communities, Facebook has formed a global alliance called ‘Alliance for Advancing Health Online with leading health organisations.

The partners include the Bay Area Global Health Alliance, the CDC Foundation, Facebook, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Merck, Sabin Vaccine Institute, the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the World Bank and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Merck and Facebook are each committing $20 million to this multi-year initiative, which will initially focus on addressing vaccine hesitancy and vaccine equity among underserved communities. IANS