Ian celebrates six-month anniversary of COVID-19 Youth Initiative

Tuesday September 29, 2020

Concord alumnus Ian Soh (2017-2019) has announced the six-month celebration of the ever-rising global youth initiative, #MoreViralThanTheVirus (#MVTTV) and is extending an invitation to the Concord community. To support Ian and the current works of #MVTTV, you are invited to an upcoming UNESCO international webinar, in which Ian will be representing the World Health Organisation (WHO): Media and Information Literate Youth: A Cornerstone to Implementing Access to Information Policies. Click here to register. Ian, who studies Medicine at St George’s, University of London, set up the ‘More Viral Than The Virus’ initiative to combat the ‘worrying attitudes and misinformation of COVID-19’ around the world. He said: “We believe that we have a responsibility to educate the public on the key messages from WHO and correct misinformation surrounding the pandemic.” In the six months since start-up, Ian – working with other Concord alumni, medical students, WHO representatives and industry experts around the world – has successfully delivered webinars, surveys and videos, as well as having featured in news across the globe, spreading the benefits of the initiative. In fact, Concord has recently been announced as a finalist in the prestigious Independent Schools of the Year Awards in the ‘Rising Star’ category, for the extraordinary work of Ian. Highlights and accomplishments of his initiative also include:
  • Featuring in WHO’s International Youth Day video
  • Assembling student and professional representatives in over 100 countries
  • Gaining thousands of followers across social media and webinar involvement
  • Collaborating with WHO and IPSF (on Health Workforce and Interprofessional Collaboration)
  • Launching a free mental health call service scheme
  • Helping to set up and promote the global COVID Youths Survey
  • Appearing as a key speaker in webinars with WHO, UNFPA, UNESCO and UNICEF
Added Ian, who shared his good news with Concord Principal, Mr Neil Hawkins: “I write to the college to share updates about the movement and am humbled to have achieved this if not for the global community at Concord. “This past week, we successfully launched a six-months celebration video; this shares the reflections and perspectives of young people from over 30 different countries and the thoughts of representatives #MVTTV has worked with.” You can watch the video on the #MVTTV Facebook page by clicking here. “I am delighted to also share with you the #MVTTV’s feature on the BBC!” BBC My World is a contemporary show for young people around the world, brought to you by executive producers Angelina Jolie and the BBC World Service to show how the news is made, fact-check stories and spot fake news. Said Ian: “None of this would be possible without the help of Concord. “Thank you for believing in us – and we are very grateful for the time and support of staff, students, parents, alumni and the wider Concord community.”