Maike Winters

Maike Winters

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset Tomtebodavägen 18 A, plan 3, 17165 Solna
Postal address: K9 Global folkhälsa, K9 GPH Ekström Nordenstedt, 171 77 Stockholm

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.


  • *Publications *
    Debunking highly prevalent health misinformation using audio dramas delivered
    by WhatsApp: evidence from a randomised controlled trial in Sierra Leone [1]
    *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 [2]
    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
    /BMJ Global Health, 2021
  • 6:e004450 /
    Engaging religious leaders to promote safe burial practices during the
    2014-2015 Ebola virus disease outbreak, Sierra Leone [3]
    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 [4]
    *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 [5]
    Sengeh P, Jalloh MB, Webber N, Ngobeh I, Samba T, Thomas H, Nordenstedt H,
    *Winters M*.
    /BMJ 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 [6]
    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 [8]
    *Winters M*, Nordenstedt H, Mölsted Alvesson H
    /PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2020: 14(5): e0008256/
    Ebola: global commitment for local engagement needed [9]
    *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 [10]
    *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 [11]
    *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/


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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2021
  • Degree Of Master Of Medical Science 120 Credits, Karolinska Institutet, 2016

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