The Public Health Research and Development Centre (CIAM) have boosted the Association of Health Journalists (AOHJ) – The Gambia with computer equipments and external hard drives.
During a presentation ceremony on Tuesday March 8, 2011 at CIAM Conference Hall at Kanifing, the Executive Director Dr. Samuel Anya, who spoke on behalf of Mr. Cherno Jallow, Vice Chairman CIAM Board of Trustees, said the materials include 2 sets of computers and five flash drives (external computer devices).
Dr. Anya said the initiative is part of the project “Strengthening Capacity to Utilise Research Evidence in Policy Making in The Gambia”, which is supported by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva and the Welcome Trust in the United Kingdom (UK).
The component of the project will focus on enhancing the understanding of health journalists on health terminologies and concepts, he said. The project, which includes a training component, will strengthen the capacity of health journalists to make use of research evidence in the conduct of their work.
“It is our hope that this will contribute to enhancing the quality of the work undertaken by health journalists,” he said, while looking forward to a fruitful partnership with AOHJ that will be of great benefit to the people of the
Pa Modou Faal, the President of the AOHJ noted that as part of the project, the computers will be connected to the internet for a period of two years. This, he said will enable health journalists to conduct health related research work and efficiently disseminate the information to the public.
“We have a bigger task ahead and we should make the best use of the opportunity accorded to us,” he said. He also commended CIAM and its collaborators as well as members of the AOHJ who have worked earnestly to the realisation of the project since 2009. “We are very much grateful to receive these equipments,” he said. The event was chaired by Mr. Momodou Alieu Bah, CIAM.