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International Health Journalism Fellowship Project – Africa

International Health Journalism Fellowship Project: AFRICA

About the Project

The Kaiser Family Foundation has maintained an extensive program in South Africa for nearly 20 years. Although the Foundation’s work in South Africa focused in the early years mainly on improving the public health system overall, the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic have come to dominate the Foundation’s more recent work there. Over the past 15 years the Foundation has worked extensively with the South African media to increase both the quantity and quality of media coverage of health and development issues affecting the poor sectors of the population, and also to increase media attention to HIV/AIDS. Building on the success of our efforts to engage South African editors and reporters in these issues, the Foundation also organized a series of traveling seminars to countries throughout southern Africa for international journalists from the U.S. and Europe.

In October 2005, Kaiser, together with the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, co-convened media leaders from over 20 different African countries in an historic summit in Johannesburg, under the auspices of the GMAI. Out of this gathering, the Africa Broadcast Media Partnership Against HIV/AIDS was launched with the main purpose of making HIV/AIDS a central part of broadcast media corporations’ business strategies and programming. www.broadcasthivafrica.org

In addition, As part of the International Health Journalism Fellowship Project in Africa, the Foundation has recently joined with CNN International in establishing a new award for excellence in HIV/AIDS reporting in Africa under the auspices of the prestigious annual CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards.The new award is part of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s global effort to increase and sustain media coverage of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to improve the breadth and substantiveness of HIV/AIDS reporting, and to increase access by journalists worldwide to the most current information on HIV/AIDS. In addition to this award, Kaiser also organizes traveling seminars and site visits on HIV/AIDS for journalists throughout Southern Africa and partners with other organizations to hold HIV/AIDS journalism trainings and workshops.

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Reporting on HIV/AIDS” manual is available here.


KFF/CNN Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Reporting in Africa

In February 2006 the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in collaboration with CNN International announced a new award recognizing excellence in HIV/AIDS journalism in Africa. The Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Journalism is presented as part of the prestigious CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist Awards to recognize reporting on HIV/AIDS in Africa that illuminates the broad impact of the epidemic on individuals, communities and nations, and the resilience of the African response to the epidemic.

2008 Winner Announced: Read the Press Release about the winner, Hopewell Rugoho-Chin’ono, of Zimbabwe

icon_video_audio.gifView his full length winning documentary, “Pain in my Heart.”

Site Visits and Events

Kaiser organizes traveling seminars and site visits on HIV/AIDS for journalists throughout Southern Africa and partners with other organizations to hold HIV/AIDS journalism trainings and workshops.

Read more information about HIV/AIDS and related health issues in Africa on Global Health Reporting, which currently includes country profiles for Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Additional country profiles are being developed.

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