KHRC hosts AMMREN Media Training Workshop

2018/03/12 — Media men in radio and other information centres in the study area of the Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC) were invited for a day’s sensitization workshop on media advocacy. The workshop was on the theme “The role of the media in strengthening the quality of malaria care and surveillance in Ghanaian communities”. Also in attendance were some key stakeholders from the two district hospitals, malaria focal persons, researchers and other health personnel from the Kintampo North and South Health Directorates.
The workshop which was held in the conference hall of KHRC was organized by the African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN) and funded by Comic Relief through the INDEPTH network.
The workshop aimed at equipping the participants with the necessary skills to effectively tell the malaria story as part of the activities of a multi-site malaria study (COREMAL). The study sites are Dodowa, Kintampo and Navrongo Health Demographic and Surveillance (HDSS) sites.
The aim of the COREMAL study is to generate evidence to accelerate the reduction of malaria burden among children under ten years of age and pregnant women in rural communities.
In his welcoming address, the Head of KHRC, Dr. Kwaku Poku Asante, recapped the gains made in the fight against malaria and added that a lot more need to be done to further reduce the disease burden of malaria.
The Executive Secretary of AMMREN, Dr. Charity Binka, stated in her address that malaria is an African problem and the story can best be told by African journalists. She hoped the encounter with the participants will not end after the workshop but to be a continuous conversation towards the complete eradication of malaria. She encouraged journalist to be interested in reporting more health related issues.
The various representatives from the Hospitals, the Health Directorates and KHRC took their turns to brief participants on the malaria situation in the two Kintampo districts.
Participants were also taken through interviewing techniques such as asking relevant questions that could always help them elicit the appropriate information from the scientists for further transmission to the local population.
Using role-play and group discussions, the scientists were also educated on how to handle and speak to the media instead of running away from them.
To crown it all, participants were also taken round the Kintampo North Hospital and the KHRC Clinical Laboratories to see how malaria parasites are detected in the blood.
–KHRC communications
Contributors: Williams B, Francis A, Jacob S, Charlotte T