May 7, 2010, 11:22 AM
Members of the Association of Health Journalists on Wednesday commenced a three-day training on Gender, Human rights and HIV/AIDS at the Gambia Network on AIDs and Society (GAMNASS) Secretariat in Serrekunda.
Organised by Gambia Network on AIDs and Society, the training is meant to facilitate an integral discussion between GAMNASS and the Association of Health Journalists.
Ebrima Joof of ActionAid, in his keynote address, pointed out that the important role of health journalists in the promotion and dissemination of information on health issues is timely, adding: “This role is recognised for people to make important choices.”
Jegan Loum, Technical Adviser of GAMNASS, who also spoke at the opening, cited Kofi Annan as saying “HIV/AIDS has the face of a woman” but raised the question as to why women are the most vulnerable to the disease.
The three-day training, expected to wrap up today, has been looking at issues such as basic facts on HIV, stigma and discrimination related to HiV/Aids and other health-related issues.