The Public Health Research and Development Centre (CIAM) recently held a week-long (March 21-25) training for the association of health journalists (AOHJ-The Gambia) on research and information dissemination.
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 training component of the project focuses on enhancing the understanding of health journalists on health terminologies and concepts and it is expected to strengthen the capacity of health journalists to make use of research evidence in the conduct of their work.
The project is also meant to contribute greatly in enhancing the quality of the work undertaken by health journalists.
CIAM is also running such initiative for the National Assembly Members to used evidence in health related legislative processes, public policy advocacy and oversight.
The course was structured into six modules, covering the Review of Technical Terms; Searching for Evidence and Information; Assess the Quality of Articles; Design a Survey; Questionnaire Design; Select Options for Decision Making; Plan a Power Point Presentation; and Deliver a power Point Presentation.At least 30 journalists benefited from the training, including media chiefs. Having ended the training, the participants are expected to be able to define a case, prevalence and incidence of disease reports. How to use of internet search engines, the characteristics of interviews and interviews techniques and news writing techniques among other things.Source - The Voice