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Essentials of Risk Communication for Disease Prevention and Control

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Risk communication is an interactive process of exchanging information and opinion among individuals, groups and institutions. It deals with risk, an uncertain future event or consequence that could have an adverse impact on individuals, groups, organizations or society. The purpose of risk communication is to help people understand and manage risks. It involves sending messages about risks and risk management to different target audiences.

Webinar Title: Essentials of Risk Communication for Disease Prevention and Control

Speaker: Prof. Sufiyan Mu’awiyyah Babale

Professor Sufiyan Mu’awiyyah Babale is currently the head of the community medicine department at ABU Zaria. A graduate of Medicine & Surgery (1997) from ABU Zaria, has a post-graduate diploma in Management (2004), Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians, Faculty of Community Health (2005), Diploma in Strategic Planning from the USA (2010) and Masters degree in International Health and Management from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (2016).
He joined the services of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 2004 as lecturer II and has risen to become a Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health in 2021. Over the years he taught several courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Prof. Sufiyan has also worked as the Senior Programme Officer at John Hopkins University USA. He established the Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Management Board as the Pioneer Executive Secretary/CEO (2012-2015). In the area of research, He has published over seventy (70) research articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has made over Fifty-five (55) scientific paper presentations at local and international conferences. He has successfully completed the supervision of 10 PhDs/Fellowships and over 20 Masters (MPH, MNSc) research projects. He is a member of several professional associations, organizations and committees at the state, national and international levels.


  • To appreciate the role of risk communication in providing information that people can use to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from harm.
  • To know how to use risk communication to reduce the level of fear and anxiety that people may feel about a potential hazard/
  • To know how to effectively communicate risk to relevant stakeholders using risk communication principles.
  • To understand the various risk communication approaches and strategies that can produce a maximum impact on the target audiences.

Date: Tuesday, 9th of May 2023

Time: 3 pm Central Africa Time (CAT) / 2 pm West Africa Time (WAT)

Duration: 1 hour

CPD Points: 1