Over 80 African journalists trained in fact-checking and health communication
While thanking the support of the EU, Yumiko Yokozeki, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa to the AU and ECA, stressed that through this initiative, UNESCO has strengthened its partnership with Africa CDC, health ministries, universities, scientists, media partners and the facts. controllers. It will continue to leverage its partnership with ISAAA AfriCenter and Africa Check to support the community media sector which has the capacity to reach the widest audience in remote areas through their local languages.
Africa Check deputy director Retha Langa reiterated the need for collaborative efforts to tackle disinformation and improve media reporting on health. According to him, as a fact-checking organization, Africa Check cannot fight disinformation on its own. Therefore, one of the main outcomes of the training is improved knowledge and confidence in reporting the impact of COVID-19 on NCDs, as evidenced by positive feedback from beneficiaries.
The official closing of the training was an opportunity to present the Knowledge of Life Sciences in Africa (ALSK) portal, through which journalists can get training and capacity building to help them thoroughly investigate, interview thoroughly and fully understand science and health issues before reporting them.