On February 25, 2016 the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde hosted a two hour digital video conference (DVC) on health reporting for Cameroonian journalists with Africa Regional Services (ARS) speaker and American journalist Marie Doezema. Thirty reporters and student journalists attended the DVC at the James Baldwin Information Resource Center. Welcoming participants, Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II said “Promoting a healthy population with access to quality health care services is important to the development of all nations, including the U.S. and Cameroon. The United States is proud to partner with Cameroon and Cameroonian journalists and health professionals in eradicating life-threatening diseases through PEPFAR, CDC and USAID. Today’s program represents the real commitment we have to partner with and support Cameroonian professionals like you whose efforts are so essential to contribute to this nation.”
ARS speaker Ms. Doezema briefed participants on the importance of health coverage and its impact on people. She provided useful tips to journalists in dealing with challenges related to health coverage. During the question and answer session, she underscored the importance of data, quality health information and shared some inspiring examples of last year‘s International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) winners of the reporting prize on health issues.
After the digital exchange with the ARS speaker, participants discussed the importance to increase health reporting in the newsrooms. The DVC prompted them to further their commitment to expanding their reporting on health issues which impact all citizens. The U.S. Embassy also presented to the participants copies of the Nouveaux Horizons book “Le remède invisible: L’Afrique, l ’Occident et la lutte contre le Sida”.
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