• Journalism Projects around the World Address the Human Dimensions of Climate Change

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Vulnerable and under-represented populations—in particular women, youth, and indigenous communities—often face a serious information gap when it comes to solutions-based information on how to adapt to climate change’s impacts. Despite bearing the least responsibility for the conditions accelerating climate change, they are often impacted most and their voices and concerns are rarely heard, in either local or international media.

  • HIV: Igniting Conversations that Bring About Change

    Monday, September 26, 2016

    South Africa is the country with the largest number of HIV positive people in the world and the country with the largest antiretroviral program. “Test and treat” can turn the epidemic around, but only if HIV testing becomes the norm. Unfortunately, some of the fundamentals of HIV and the gains of treatment have still not been absorbed by the general population. 

    Journalists have a vital role to play - to report the science and dispel rumor and myth. 

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  • HIV: Igniting Conversations that Bring About Change

    Friday, September 23, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    As of September 1, South Africa is implementing “test and treat” — where every HIV positive person is placed on an anti-retroviral treatment (ART) program, regardless of their CD4 count, an indicator of how well the immune system is working. The policy follows the announcement of new guidelines for HIV management by the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2015.

  • Tracking Rumors to Contain Disease: The Case of DeySay in Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak

    USAID: From the American people
    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    (Internews' project in Liberia to address rumors about Ebola is described in this article from USAID.)

    Rumors spread misinformation, fuel mistrust, cause panic and sometimes even prompt irrational behaviors. This is particularly true in the context of a health emergency when accurate information about a disease—how to prevent, detect, contain and treat it—can mean the difference between staying healthy or becoming infected and, in the worst case scenario, dying from it.

  • A Deaf Journalist in Nigeria Fights to Advance Disability Rights

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    Deaf activist and journalist, Julius Shemang was frustrated with the lack of coverage of disability issues in mainstream media, In 2006, he started his own newspaper — Kafanchan Times —that covered disability as well as other human life issues. Although he had to put the paper on hiatus due to financial reasons, Julius still advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in Nigeria and to get the mainstream media to cover their issues, particularly regarding the passage of a disability rights law.

  • A Deaf Journalist in Nigeria Fights to Advance Disability Rights

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    People with disabilities in Kaduna State in Nigeria took to the streets in May to protest a proposed law banning street begging and hawking. The administration of governor Nasir el-Rufai said that the goal was to keep children in school rather than begging in the street and to enhance security after a street bombing that left 25 dead and others injured.

  • Residents Hail Internews for Community Media Forum

    Daily Observer
    Monday, September 5, 2016

    (Internews' media development project in Liberia is cited in this article from the Daily Observer.)

    Residents at the crossroads town of Gbarnga, Bong County, have hailed Internews-Liberia, a USAID funded media development NGO, for the one day Community Media Forum held at the Gbarnga Intellectual Center. The Community Media Forum was the first forum organized by Internews-Liberia under the Liberia Media Development Program (LMD).

  • Don’t be Afraid to Ask

    Monday, August 29, 2016
    During the Ebola outbreak that hit Guinea between 2013 and 2015, Internews launched Ebola Chrono, a radio news program that covered prevention and treatment of Ebola. That program built on the success of its Ebola coverage to create a model for broader health reporting and provide information that listeners could use to make changes for the better in their lives.
     
  • Providing Public Health Information in South Sudan

    3 journalists sit across the desk from a woman they are interviewing
    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    “We can be ambassadors within our country, producing well-researched reports for our listeners and readers. Knowledgeable reporting on health issues will save lives here.”

    Dhieu Williams is a Juba-based newspaper journalist and he’s busy on his laptop setting up social media groups to link up twelve reporters from across South Sudan who’ve just completed an intensive training course in how to cover health issues. 

    He knows it’ll be a challenge because South Sudan is burdened by – in many cases – the worst health indicators in the world.