- Search Results
Internews Certificates 24 Health Journalism Fellows
Date Uploaded: Dec 12, 2016

Montserrado County Flag


Internews Certificates 24 Health Journalism Fellows

By Prince S. Nagbe

MONROVIA, December 12 (LINA) – Internews Liberia under its “Information Saves Lives 2016 Health Journalism Fellowship” has certificated 24 of its Fellows following six months of training in reporting on health and health-related issues to save lives.   

The journalists, who were recruited from various media institutions across the country, received training in reporting on Maternal and Child Health, Diabetes, Hypertension, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Mental Health and Fistula, among others.

Speaking at the official certification ceremony at Internews Liberia head office in Monrovia at the weekend, Internews Resident Health Journalism Advisor, Kate Thomas, said the program was the first ever health journalism fellowship in Liberia. 

According to Thomas, health reporting in Liberia has and will continue to make a huge difference as the Fellows have begun telling the stories of Liberians battling with different sicknesses through their different outlets which, she said, are making significant impact in the sector.

Thomas lauded the fellows for their hard work and commitment exhibited over the last six months by ensuring that their health stories hit the front and back pages of several newspapers and were heard and read on several national and community radio stations and websites.

Meanwhile, the Country Director of Health Communication Capacity Collaboration (HC3), Anna Helland, has lauded Internews for building the capacity of the 24 health fellows in an effort to strengthen the sector to save lives through their reportage.

HC3 is one of the sources of funding of the Internews Information Saves Lives Project.

Helland encouraged the fellows to make use of the knowledge gained over the past six months to help the government build a resilient health sector by reporting the facts which will help Liberians change their unhealthy style of life.

“You 24 health fellows are crucial in moving the health agenda of the country forward because you will be communicating health issues affecting the people for prompt and adequate redress by the requisite authorities,” Helland said.

Speaking on behalf of the fellows, journalist Alpha Seakpeni of Front Page Africa Newspaper lauded Internews and partners for affording them the opportunity to acquire new skills and knowledge in their journalism profession.

He pledged the fellows’ commitment to ensuring that they will use the knowledge gained to help save the lives of thousands of Liberians battling with various health complications by telling their stories.

Seakpeni however called on Internews, HC3 and other partners to ensure that this worthy cause does not go down the drain as the project comes to an end, but continue to provide capacity-building and logistical support to the fellows so that they can carry out their tasks effectively.


latest headlines
‘Decentralizatio One Of Biggest Legacies Of Gov’t’ - Official
Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf has described the decentralization program as one of the biggest legacies of the Ellen Johnson Si ...more
Tulay Vows To Ensure Independent LWSC County Sub-Stations
The Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), N. Hun-Bu Tulay, has promised to ensure that all county stations of the ...more
Supreme Court To Hear Argument in Sable Mining Case Friday
The Supreme Court of Liberia will begin hearing argument in the petition for the Writ of Certiorari filed against Judge Yamie Q. Gbeisay, assigne ...more
LWSC Boss Hails AfDB For US$8.3m To Rehabilitate Water Plant
The Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), N. Hun-Bu Tulay, has hailed the African Development Bank (AfDB) for maki ...more
AU Envoy Presents Accreditation To FM Kamara
Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara has received the Letters of Accreditation from the new Head of the African Union Liaison Office in Liberia, Mr. ...more
Gov’t Promises To Continue Robust Fight Against Fistula
The Liberian Government has promised to robustly continue the fight against Fistula in the country. ...more
All rights reserved © 2013 - 2014
Liberia News Agency