Nov 122013

New Website Helps Reporters Cover Health in Africa

These African women are holding bed nets, which will help protect their families from mosquitoes carrying malaria. Photo: Gates Foundation

The site, which features learning resources, health reporting best practices and a vibrant network of more than 200 journalists and experts, launched during the recent 2013 African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


A health care worker prepares a measles vaccine in Ethiopia. Photo credit: Pete Lewis /DFID.

Jul 162013

Reporting Contest Leads to Rise in Polio Vaccines in Ethiopia

At a health center in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, a mother carries her child while waiting in line for him to receive a meningitis vaccine. “I have heard from the media about meningitis that it can physically disable or kill a child,” says the mother, Seble Yihun. Previously, she might have waited for a health extension worker to come to her home with the vaccine. But, she said, “I also heard health care centers are getting short of vaccines.

Mar 72013

How to Overcome the Lack of Health Coverage in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, where journalists usually vie to cover the economy, crime and entertainment, a new collective of 100 journalists and communicators is shining a spotlight on an often-neglected beat: health.

Ethiopia’s first organization of health journalists, the Addis Ababa Health Journalists Initiative, formed last month with the goal of boosting the quality and breadth of health coverage in the country.

May 32012

Behind the Numbers: Reporter Puts a “Face” on TB in Ethiopia

Reporting on tuberculosis (TB) has always been of particular interest to Tesfamichael Afework, one of the press officers at the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia. He has done several stories about TB in the past, but not like this one. He is now compiling a story on the results of a nationwide population-based “TB Prevalence Survey” that aims to determine just how widespread the disease has been here in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia: TB Patient Bekelu

After she contracted tuberculosis, Bekelu Abate says her weight dropped from 130 pounds to just over 100. Now, following the government's treatment plan, she's put 12 pounds back on and is feeling better.

Ethiopia - journalist Amina Abdulahi

Health journalist Amina Abdulahi shares her experiences with other health journalists at the workshop.

Ethiopia - journalist trainees

Journalists taking part in the workshop head for a discussion with local villagers.

Ethiopia - local woman with her children

A local woman at home with her children.

Ethiopia - local farmers

Local farmers gather to talk with the journalists.