• Reporting for Health in Kenya

    A woman and man sit in front of a sign - Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Marie Yambo started as a weather girl at Kenya’s national broadcaster back in 2008.

    “There was an opening for a weather reporter; a few of us were trained.” This was not a glamorous position; at least not by the standards of Kenyan media. But Yambo jumped at the chance – she would be on television during prime time, and getting paid for it.

  • Radio by Boat

    Monday, February 6, 2017

    (This story was originally posted on Medium)

    Guy Mayo is captain of the riverboat Dieu merci (“Thank you God”) in the Central African Republic. Last fall, on his regular route along the Oubangui River, shuttling goods and passengers to and from the capital city Bangui to the port city Kouango, his cargo included something new: radio equipment.

  • Happy New Year from Internews!

    Thursday, December 29, 2016

    In 2017, Internews will celebrate its 35th anniversary. Over the past 35 years, we and others in the media development field have evolved as the information landscape has changed.

  • Internews Completes Health Fellowship For Liberian Journalists

    Front Page Africa
    Sunday, December 11, 2016

    (This article from Front Page Africa describes Internews' health journalism project in Liberia.)

    Monrovia – Journalists’ role in reporting about Liberia’s health issues began more critical when Ebola hit the country in 2014.

    The lack of trained health reporters adversely impacted the spread of misinformation leading to a serious information crisis causing the virus to ravage the country.

  • 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.

  • 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.