South Africa is the country with the largest number of HIV positive people in the world and the country with the largest antiretroviral program. “Test and treat” can turn the epidemic around, but only if HIV testing becomes the norm. Unfortunately, some of the fundamentals of HIV and the gains of treatment have still not been absorbed by the general population.
Journalists have a vital role to play - to report the science and dispel rumor and myth.
Deaf activist and journalist, Julius Shemang was frustrated with the lack of coverage of disability issues in mainstream media, In 2006, he started his own newspaper — Kafanchan Times —that covered disability as well as other human life issues. Although he had to put the paper on hiatus due to financial reasons, Julius still advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in Nigeria and to get the mainstream media to cover their issues, particularly regarding the passage of a disability rights law.
A series of stories by Ramesh Bhushal, Nepal editor for thethirdpole.net, and photographer Nabin Baral shows that climate change is increasing the chances of melting glaciers, landslides and deadly floods in Nepal. The stories were widely read and shared and had an impact on government officials and others.
In a recent study of media use in three areas of Afghanistan, a salon and madrassa were among limited spaces where women consumed information without interpretation or mediation from men. The study was commissioned by Internews and looked at the particular local “information ecosystems” of these communities — how both men and women access, consume, influence, trust, and share information.
During the Ebola outbreak that hit Guinea between 2013 and 2015, Internews launched Ebola Chrono, a radio news program that covered prevention and treatment of Ebola. That program built on the success of its Ebola coverage to create a model for broader health reporting and provide information that listeners could use to make changes for the better in their lives.
Sri Lanka is embracing a more democratic and open government and with that comes the opportunity to use media and information to advance social goals.
Young Journalists in Sri Lanka Excel in Reporting on Deadly Landslides
Reporting on disasters where people have lost lives and homes requires providing accurate and clear information to survivors. It also requires being respectful and sensitive about the trauma survivors have experienced. A group of young reporters took these standards to heart when they reported on the catastrophic landslides caused by Tropical Storm Roanu that hit Sri Lanka in May.
Internews highlights two film series commissioned to document how Ukrainians are coping in the face of Russian hostility.
Displaced tells in 12 parts the stories of internally displaced Ukrainians, each story personal and universal at the same time.
Return documents volunteers and war veterans who must overcome serious physical and mental injuries sustained during the conflict and the courage they display every step of the way to resuming their lives as productive citizens.
Human rights defenders need secure tools to document and report human rights violations. USABLE, a project designed to connect high-risk users of digital security and communications tools with developers, works to make those tools more open, accessible, and customizable.
“Tools made with accessibility in mind are not necessarily made with security in mind, and vice versa, which is why building connections between users and developers is so vital.”
In Sri Lanka, the government has promised widespread media reforms. In this hopeful moment, however, sexual harassment and intimidation both online and offline remains one of the most powerful barriers to women's participation in media. Renowned Sri Lankan journalist Dilrukshi Handunnetti is trying to change that:
“If you are an equal opportunity employer, you should ensure that you are not only hiring, you are making the conditions so that women can stay on, work and progress.”