Amref International University launches course for health reporters

31Jul 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Amref International University launches course for health reporters

​​​​​​​AMREF International University (AMIU)—a premier pan African University of health sciences has launched an exciting new course for health reporters.

Prof Joachim Osur, the Technical Director for Programmes at Amref Health Africa.

The first-intake class of the Health Communication & Journalism course kicked off on Monday 27 July with 20 students in the first class.

 “The training will ensure learners are equipped with skills to exercise power not just to inform but also to influence positive change in the health of communities. The media wields enormous power to influence vulnerable groups to take action on matters that affect them the most.”

“Using the case of COVID-19, health reporters can inform the public and influence them to: promote health by good nutrition for increased immunity to better handle infection; prevent infection by undertaking various preventative measures such as hand washing and social distance; and support rehabilitative health whereby there is reduced stigma due to increased awareness around the disease,” she added.

In response to the pandemic restrictions, the course (like all other AMIU courses) is delivered virtually to the journalists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. Other than interactive sessions, the course requires that each participant undertakes a research project culminating in the presentation of a report. 

Prof Joachim Osur, the Technical Director for Programmes at Amref Health Africa congratulated the first cohort of students who are recipients of the 2019 Africa Media Network on Health (AMNH), Excellence in Health Journalism Awards scholarships. 

He said that the scholarship has come into existence with the dedication from Amref Health Africa, through Health Systems Advocacy Partnership programme, which provided sponsorship for the deserving media award winners. 

Marie Yambo, the President of the Africa Media Network on Health (AMNH) encouraged learners to take advantage of the training to further hone their specialised health reporting skills.