Group photo of the journalists and facilitators shortly after touring the Mildmay Uganda Laboratory

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Mildmay Uganda organizes Media Training

Created On : 15 March 2018 - Last Updated : 20 April 2018

About nine health reporters from leading media houses within Kampala benefited from a two-days media training held at Mildmay Uganda between 14th and 15th March 2018.

The training which was the first of its kind was aimed at building capacity of media personnel in health and HIV reporting so as to accelerate reporting on HIV prevention related issues with focus on UNAIDS target of 95 95 95 as the country makes strides towards an HIV free Generation.

In his opening remarks, the Mildmay Uganda Director of Sustainability & Partnerships, Richard Wanyama said prevention is the backbone of curbing national epidemics. “Prevention can be achieved through information and we rely on the media to pass on this information thus important for you to carry out continuous research on new angles arising from the field of HIV/AIDS”. Said Richard

The training organized was by Mildmay Uganda and facilitated by a veteran Journalist John Baptist Wasswa together with Lynn Najjemba, a trainer from African Centre for Media Training (ACME). During the training, the facilitators shared with the journalists unexploited sections on HIV/AIDS that could be picked up for coverage by the media. These included nutrition for new-born babies from mothers living with HIV, Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, disclosure and male involvement in health related issues.   

“I feel that as journalists we are now in a better position to write good stories on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and can now confront issues in the field of health and HIV/AIDS as an epidemic without cracking ethical barriers. “Said John Paul Ssebadduka, a CBS FM reporter.

Violet Nabatanzi, a Vision Group Journalist said; “there have been a number of poorly approached investigations and reports on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS by the media in the recent past due to ignorance and inadequate research however with the knowledge and the tips got from this training, we are going to be able to properly compile information for the public which is validated from health research”.

John Baptist Wasswa one of the facilitators, thanked Mildmay Uganda for providing such an opportunity for journalists. “This was a very good opportunity, from this class there are about three journalists who have previously attended our trainings at the ACME and you could visibly see they were better than those who were attending this for the first time. If you can continue having these trainings, they will improve writing and pitching skills for most of the journalists around town”. Said John Baptist Wasswa.

The training covered various issues including skills such as mind mapping, sourcing, putting story ideas to life and story pitching and was crowned off with a tour of the teaching hospital.

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