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Knight Fellow Chris Conte discusses health journalism in Uganda

Knight Fellow Chris Conte discusses health journalism in Uganda

February 24, 2011

Knight International fellow Chris Conte discusses the important role of journalists in improving healthcare in Uganda and explains how a group of journalists pressured the government into launching an expansive polio vaccination campaign.

The Knight International Journalism Fellowships are a program of the International Center for Journalists.

For more information on the fellowships, click here.

Comments

We are indebated

I am greatly indebted to Chris Conte for the training and mentorship he passed onto me. I am a better and knowledgeable health reporter partly because of Chris. He came to Uganda when I was only starting on the health desk and his training and supervision helped me grow into a better. The three years he spent here are so little in fact I envied the journalists in India who were taking him away from us. I hope and pray that I can cross his path again in my journalism career because I know I can learn much more for him. Chris you are something else.

Health Reporting

Conte has really done to the extent that he made health reporting a reality even in rural parts of Uganda where some of us freely interacted with him and shared his vast wisdom on health issues, i believe i will meet him again. Patson in Kanungu district, Uganda

Health news and information

Unfortunately, i missed Chris while he was in Uganda. I had never heard of AHJA before, Its great to learn that there is an association like this! Am the editor in chief of the Health Times EA; a new monthly health publication focused on disseminating health news and information in the East African region. I would be glad to join this association where am sure of learning a lot and sharing the expertise from a diverse team. Am the founder of the Health Times EA. of which feasibility was done to establish the need for its existence. Before this i started a national NGO WEDNET - AFRICA in 2004 after losing my wife and son to HIV and remaining negative; the area of focus for this NGO is advocacy communication and social mobilization in Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS,Malaria and social determinants of health, my background is journalism a reason why i started the Health Times EA. I have worked with Demographic Health Surveys data since 2004 and our health news and information concerning health system strengthening is data oriented. To hear of a training that is empowering health reporters in this area, is really great for Africa. Chris, please get in touch with me, there is a lot we can do together to empower African Journalists more. Cheers Roger Paul Kamugasha Editor in Chief The Health Times EA cell:+256 773158181 email: rogerkamp@ymail.com