Sub-Saharan Africa

Internews has trained thousands of journalists how to report on HIV/AIDS and other health issues in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya. In countries such as Sudan, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo that have been affected by conflict, Internews helps journalists to report on violence and reconciliation issues in a way that promotes peace. Additionally, Internews focuses on improving the media regulatory environment in DRC, on creating access to critical life-saving information with refugees in Dadaab refugee camp, encouraging community engagement with the airwaves in Somalia, and building the media environment in South Sudan.

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  • HIV: Igniting Conversations that Bring About Change

    Friday, September 23, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    As of September 1, South Africa is implementing “test and treat” — where every HIV positive person is placed on an anti-retroviral treatment (ART) program, regardless of their CD4 count, an indicator of how well the immune system is working. The policy follows the announcement of new guidelines for HIV management by the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2015.

  • Tracking Rumors to Contain Disease: The Case of DeySay in Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak

    USAID: From the American people
    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    (Internews' project in Liberia to address rumors about Ebola is described in this article from USAID.)

    Rumors spread misinformation, fuel mistrust, cause panic and sometimes even prompt irrational behaviors. This is particularly true in the context of a health emergency when accurate information about a disease—how to prevent, detect, contain and treat it—can mean the difference between staying healthy or becoming infected and, in the worst case scenario, dying from it.