Navigation Links
More than 1,000 Journalists Enlisted in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Date:9/4/2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In some countries, lime juice is thought to ward off HIV/AIDS. In others, homosexuality is not publicly discussed.

Against such a backdrop of misinformation and stigma, how can developing countries fight a virus that has already killed tens of millions of people?

Part of the answer is to enlist the power of the local news media, says Internews Network, an international media development nonprofit that has provided in-depth training and mentoring to over 1,000 journalists. Leaders of the program from four countries -- India, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ethiopia -- will gather in Washington, D.C. to discuss their work at the National Press Club on Sept. 9. Registration and refreshments are from 8:30-9:00 a.m., and the special briefing, "Why Local Media Matters for Public Health," runs from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The media is invited to attend.

"We estimate that these 1,000 journalists we trained reached a combined audience of 150 million people. So you can make the case that one journalist trained in HIV/AIDS reporting can single-handedly, on average, reach 150,000 people. That's a tremendously effective use of resources," says Dr. Laurie Zivetz, director of Internews' HIV/AIDS media training and mentoring project, and one of the panelists at the Sept. 9 presentation.

Three decades after HIV was first clinically identified, ordinary citizens living in many developing countries still lag far behind countries like the United States when it comes to receiving accurate information about how to prevent infection. Discrimination and stigma further complicate efforts to encourage prevention and treatment. Local journalists, talk show hosts, and radio deejays can and must play a key role in reporting effectively, in a way that reduces stigma and gives people accurate information about their health.

"Journalists are the prism through which far greater populations learn about this disease, so it's vitally important that they get the information correct," Dr. Zivetz says. "As the messenger, journalists have the ability- literally-to save lives."

Dr. Zivetz will be joined by a panel of respected experts, including:

-- Jon Cohen - Correspondent on HIV/AIDS and health issues, Science

magazine

-- Mia Malan - Internews Senior Health Journalism Advisor, Washington,

D.C.

-- Jaya Shreedhar, M.D. . Resident Journalism Advisor, India

-- Ida Jooste . Resident Journalism Advisor, Kenya

-- Josephine Kamara . Resident Journalism Advisor, Nigeria

-- Sonya De Masi . Resident Journalism Advisor, Ethiopia

Internews, a nonprofit based in California with an office in Washington, D.C., has worked in 70 countries worldwide to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need and the means to make their voices heard.

The National Press Club is located at 529 14th Street NW in Washington, D.C. The briefing will be held in the First Amendment Room on the 13th floor. For more information, visit http://www.internews.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Internews
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. 1 sample examined by 1,000 pathologists -- how and why?
2. DaVita Volunteers Raise More than $1,000,000 for Nationwide Kidney Education and Prevention Programs
3. HearAtLast Announces Completion of Initial Private Placement Financing Totaling US $1,000,000
4. Project Will Map Genomes of 1,000 People Worldwide
5. 1,000 Mental Health Professionals Join National Network to Provide Free Counseling to Returning Veterans and their Families
6. Bioponic Phytoceuticals Announces Master Distributorship With Natures Best Covering 1,000 West Coast Retailers
7. More Than 1,000 Childrens Memorial Hospital Patients, Physicians, Elected Officials, Donors and Staff Gather to Break Ground on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago
8. National Ad Campaign Highlights Patient Ratings For More Than 1,000 Local U.S. Hospitals
9. Sysmex America to Enable Prolonged Hematology Instrument Uptime for Hagerstown Medical Laboratory With 1,000th SNCS Activation
10. Campaign Aims to Cover 1,000 Uninsured Children in One Day
11. New Lab Tests Reveal Herbalife, Usana Have 1,000 Times the Lead as Ensure, Boost
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... LaserShip, a regional parcel carrier that services the eastern U.S., ... last Friday in order to aid in the Flint water crisis. In 2014, LaserShip ... located in Clio, only 15 miles away from Flint. , “We have deep roots ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... As part of its ongoing ... February 2016. Each webinar features a dynamic expert and thoughtful presentation to give ... patients and facilities. Both events are free to attend, but registration is ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 10, 2016 , ... The Wickman Agency in Garland, TX ... local community. Pledging to select a new beneficiary every 60 days, the agency ... goal is to bring community awareness to important local causes by forming campaigns ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... Dr. Jessica Barron, of Barron Family Dental in Thornton, Colorado , is ... the North Metro Denver area. The new dental practice focuses on comfort where patients ... the most relaxing environment. , While some dental visits can create anxiety for patients, ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... Gout is like no other joint pain. It strikes suddenly, like flicking on ... redness. It is triggered by the crystallization of uric acid within the joints. It ... to the February 2016 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch. , The large joint ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... Inc. (Vanda) (NASDAQ: VNDA ), today announced financial ... year ended December 31, 2015. --> ... for Vanda with the continued growth of HETLIOZ in ... for Non-24," said Mihael H. Polymeropoulos, M.D., Vanda,s President ... product portfolio builds on this success and underscores Vanda,s ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... --> --> This press release is intended for U.S. ... Japan .  --> A separate press release has been prepared for ... continues to strengthen its presence in ... continues to strengthen its presence in Japan ... to strengthen its presence in Japan ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... A new report from business intelligence provider GBI Research - Alzheimer,s ... will more than double from just under $5 billion in 2014 to an ... 11%. Canada , France , ... , the UK, and Japan , and will primarily be ... Canada , France , Germany , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: