3 Journalists for Nairobi Infertility training

Friday, July 06, 2018

Gambia’s First Lady Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow’s Foundation is sending three Gambians health journalists to Nairobi, Kenya where they will participate in a two-day infertility training organised by the Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow Foundation partner Merk Foundation.

 Isatou Senghore-Njie; a reporter with The Point Newspaper and Yusupha Bojang and Fatou Sanneh-Ceesay both staff of The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) will travel to Nairobi this Saturday morning to participate in the event.

Merck Foundation will on the 10th July 2019 organise its first Merck Health Media Training 2018 for African journalist who will focus on the international standards and media ethics for reporting on sensitive issues like infertility in Africa.

 The training is designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issue in African communities and to learn the best media practices to cover such issues and raise awareness by following international standards of reporting and media ethics.

The three journalists will also attend the “Merck More Than A Mother” media recognition awards at a special ceremony, which will be followed by a dinner and Merck Health Media Training on 10th July at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

Merck Foundation launched the “Merck More than a Mother” ‘Media Recognition Awards’ in 2017 with the aim to emphasize the role of media in enhancing the public engagement and understanding of infertility stigma and the need to change its social perception in African communities.

In addition, the foundation is making history in many African countries where they never had fertility specialists or specialized fertility clinics before; ‘Merck more than a mother’ intervention, to train the first fertility specialists such as in Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Gambia, Niger, Chad and Guinea.

Author: Isatou Senghore-Njie