Ugandan Journalists Trained In Health Reporting
In what appears to be the beginning of a great working partnership with the media, Mak SPH has trained over 25 health journalists from different media houses on accurate health reporting, precise interpretation of health research findings, handling and construing statistical data as well as the policy implications of research findings among others.
The 5 days training ( From May 28-June 1,2012) at the School of Public Health Annex in Kololo, covered a number of captivating topics such as the over view of HIV control and prevention in Uganda, identifying credible sources for health information, summarizing research findings, safe male medical circumcision and epidemiology among others.
The course coordinator Joseph Matovu from the School of public health explained that the main objective of the course was to improve on the skills of journalists in health reporting. “This course is aimed at sensitizing journalists on basic health concepts and build their skills in using them to improve health reporting in Uganda” Matovu explained.
He added that health gurus sometimes are upset by inaccurate media reports about health research findings, inappropriate use of words like prevalence, incidence and rate which among other reasons compelled them to intervene through such training.
Participants expressed utmost happiness about the course and its timing. “For sure, this course has benefited me a lot and I will not repeat the ‘common’ errors I have been committing in health reporting” Olivia Namaloba, a correspondent with UBC radio noted. “Am thankful for this course because i have learnt a lot about epidemiology, interviewing for health reporting, male medical circumcision among many others and I wish this course could be extended to other journalists” a jolly Alomu delux Emmy from Etop radio and paper told this site.
Regarding the continuity of the course, Matovu explained that this is the beginning of ‘things’ and the school together with its partners such as CDC will extend the same training to other journalists at a later time.