Ms Serusha Govender, a freelance journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, has published an article on the TRUE Africa new media-tech platformon How to Stop Ebola – and It is More Than a Vaccine.
“The worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history has already claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people across West Africa. Many deaths could have been prevented: local communities did not know enough about the disease and how to stop its spread. An ambitious new programme aims to train local journalists how better to inform and educate their communities in order to keep them safe. “
Ms Govender was one of nine journalists from across Africa participating in the Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop organized by the World Federation of Science Journalists in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (12-16 September 2015). The journalists were trained by two European Science Journalists: Igor Strauss (Radio France International) and Kai Kupferschmidt (Süddeutsche Zeitung). All participating journalists in the ToT were either experts in science and health-related issues or have closely covered the recent Ebola crisis in Western Africa. Their expertise as well as their knowledge of the region was used to develop a course curriculum on infectious diseases.
Read the entire article on the TRUE Africa blog here.