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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.