Journalists Living With HIV/AIDS in East Africa Establish Network to Promote Media Coverage
January 27, 2009
Journalists living with HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have established a network -- called Journalists Living with HIV/AIDS -- in an effort to increase media coverage of and engagement with HIV/AIDS issues, the New Vision/AllAfrica.com reports. The network also hopes to work on regional HIV/AIDS initiatives to promote a fully engaged media. During a week-long workshop, journalists living with the disease shared their experiences and made a commitment to "put journalistic living with HIV/AIDS at the center of the fight" to curb the spread of the disease, the New Vision/AllAfrica.com reports. They also made sensitivity toward issues such as HIV prevention, support and treatment a priority of the network, and pledged to encourage the media to produce more coverage of the disease. The meeting included testimonies from journalists, one of whom said that most HIV/AIDS messages in the media do not promote testing or awareness.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.