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.

The association, which was formed in June 2012 as the first continent-wide professional association of health journalists, hopes to use the site to advance the professional development of journalists who cover health, raise the profile of health stories in the media and promote dialogue and understanding between journalists and experts. All this, it believes, can have a direct effect on the health of Africans.

“We want to see improvement in health infrastructure and systems, such as through improved maternal and child health and decreased mortality rates,” said Declan Okpalaeke, a Nigerian journalist who is leading the association as part of his ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellowship. “We want to see the media setting the agenda for policy makers, for health systems and for health institutions.”

Read more about the new site on IJNet.

The International Journalists' Network, IJNet, keeps professional and citizen journalists up to date on the latest media innovations, online journalism resources, training opportunities and expert advice. ICFJ produces IJNet in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. IJNet is supported by donors including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.