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The other pandemic: social media engagement around non-communicable disease preventive behaviours during Nigeria’s COVID-19 lockdowns

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Lawanson, T 
Unuigboje, R 
Chetty, Y 


Given the complexity of global health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is typical for crisis-focused interventions to have a multiplicity of impacts. Some of these impacts may yield positive or negative externalities for health priorities that do not have the same perceived urgency. The interplay between COVID-19 prevention (a high priority, high perceived urgency issue) and non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention (a high priority, low perceived urgency issue) provides a good case in point. By analysing tweets during Nigeria’s COVID-19 lockdowns, we identified avenues for social media to help adapt crisis responses to a wider range of wellbeing concerns.



4206 Public Health, 42 Health Sciences, Prevention, 3 Good Health and Well Being

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Cities and Health

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Informa UK Limited
Department of Health (via National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)) (16/137/34)
British Academy (UWB190032)
This project is supported by a Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund COVID-19 Emergency Award. The ALPhA (Informal Appropriation of public space for Leisure Physical Activity) study is funded by the British Academy Urban Infrastructures of Wellbeing Programme (Grant reference UWB190032) awarded to TO. LF, EM, FA, TO are in part funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (16/137/34) using UK aid from the UK Government to support global health research. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the UK government. TL is also supported by United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the ARUA-UKRI GCRF Partnership Programme for Capacity Building (Ref: ES/T003804/1) which established the African Research Network for Urbanisation and Habitable Cities.