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IHI hosts first of kind media engagement forum
Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) on November 7 2019 hosted representatives from all influential media outlets in Tanzania in a bid to raise awareness on the training programs offered by IHI and partners.
The forum was also attended by Bagamoyo District Medical Officer, Dr. Aziz Msuya and Bagamoyo District Information Officer Veronica Luhaga.
The reps came from all major television stations, radios, newspapers and online media based in Tanzania, which are TBC, ITV, Azam, ITV, Channel 10, EATV Star TV, and Clouds TV. From radio stations, reps came from Radio One, Magic FM, Radio Free Africa, East Africa Radio, Zenj FM and Clouds.
Print media reps came from Daily News, The Guardian, Nipashe, Mwananchi, The Citizen, and The East African. And from online media were Michuzi blog, Ayo and Bagamoyo News.
Supported by the IHI Knowledge Management and Communications Unit and organized by the IHI Training and Capacity Building Unit, the day-long forum was held at the IHI Training Center at Kingani in Bagamoyo.
“The primary purpose of the gathering is boosting enrolment, partnerships and networking. This is a platform for IHI and the Training Center in particular to brief the media on different IHI training programs and share through the influential media outlets and seasoned editors and journalist’s relevant information with stakeholders and the general public,” informed IHI Senior Communications Officer, Bilal Aziz, in a forum program.
Both IHI Chief Executive Director, Dr. Honorati Masanja, and IHI Director of Science, Dr. Fredros Okumu, got the chance to address the media reps. Other speakers were Dr. Kafuruki Shubis, Head of the IHI Training and Capacity Building and Dr. Dickson Lwetoijera, Coordinator of the MSc in Public Health Research offered jointly by IHI and the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology.
Dr. Masanja, who spoke when giving remarks to officially open the forum, briefed the media reps on over 60-year history of IHI. He used the opportunity to underline objectivity when covering public health news.
For his part, Dr. Okumu, who addressed the forum virtually from the ASPEN Institute in Washington D.C, acknowledged the role of the media in sharing study results to the wider public. #