Maike Winters

Maike Winters

Affiliated to research

About me

In my research, I combine my background in journalism and communication with global health and epidemiology. My research focusses on the role of risk communication and misinformation in infectious disease outbreaks - for instance the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apart from my work at KI, I am Chief Ignorance Hunter at the Gapminder Foundation. I help to develop and test new fact questions around global trends, hunting topics where chimpanzees outsmart humans.

Research description


Debunking highly prevalent health misinformation using audio dramas delivered by WhatsApp: evidence from a randomised controlled trial in Sierra Leone Winters M, Oppenheim B, Sengeh P, Jalloh MB, Webber N, Pratt SA, Leigh B, Mölsted-Alvesson H, Zeebari Z, Sundberg CJ, Jalloh MF, Nordenstedt H. BMJ Global Health, 2021;6:e006954

Behaviour adoption approaches during public health emergencies: implications for the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond Jalloh MF, Nur AA, Nur SA, Winters M, Bedson J, Pedi D, Prybylski D, Namageyo-Funa A, Hageman KM, Baker BJ, Jalloh MB, Eng E, Nordenstedt H, Hakim AJ. BMJ Global Health, 2021;6:e004450 

Engaging religious leaders to promote safe burial practices during the 2014-2015 Ebola virus disease outbreak, Sierra Leone Lyons P, Winters M, Zeebari Z, Schmidt-Hellerau K, Sengeh P, Jalloh MB, Jalloh MF, Nordenstedt H.  Bulletin of the WHO, 2021;99(4):271-279

Risk perception during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone  Winters M, Jalloh MF, Sengeh P, Jalloh MB, Zeebari Z, Nordenstedt H. BMC Public Health, 2020;20:1539

Community knowledge, perceptions and practices around COVID-19 in Sierra Leone: a nationwide, cross-sectional survey Sengeh P, Jalloh MB, Webber N, Ngobeh I, Samba T, Thomas H, Nordenstedt H, Winters MBMJ Open, 2020;10:e040328

Homecare for sick family members while waiting for medical help during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone: a mixed methods study  Schmidt-Hellerau K, Winters M, Lyons P, Leigh B, Jalloh MB, Sengeh P, Sawaneh AB, Zeebari Z, Salazar M, Jalloh MF, Nordenstedt H.  BMJ Global Health, 2020;5:e002732

Creating misinformation: how a headline in BMJ about covid-19 spread virally  Winters M, Oppenheim B, Pick J, Nordenstedt H.  BMJ, 2020;369:m2384

Reporting in a health emergency: The roles of Sierra Leonean journalists during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak Winters M, Nordenstedt H, Mölsted Alvesson H PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2020: 14(5): e0008256

Ebola: global commitment for local engagement needed Winters M, Nordenstedt H European Journal of Public Health, 2019;5:807

The association between quality measures of medical university press releases and their corresponding news stories—Important information missing Winters M, Larsson A, Kowalski J, Sundberg CJ PLOS ONE 2019;14(6):e0217295

Risk Communication and Ebola-Specific Knowledge and Behaviour during 2014-2015 Outbreak, Sierra Leone Winters M, Jalloh MF, Sengeh P, Jalloh MB, Conteh L, Bunnell R, Li W, Zeebari Z, Nordenstedt H.  Emerging Infectious Diseases 2018;24(2):336-344