The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in Ghana, the African Media and Malaria
Research Network (AMMREN) and Speak Up Africa have come together as partners to launch a
nation-wide Media Awards as part of the “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign to recognize
publicly and celebrate Ghanaian journalists who excel in malaria reporting.
The launch of the award follows the establishment of a National Malaria Media Coalition,
comprising of 50 Ghanaian journalists who have committed to the fight for a malaria-free Africa
as part of the Zero Malaria Starts with Me (ZMSWM) campaign.
A statement by the partners released in Accra, said the Malaria Media Coalition was launched on
the 25th September, 2020, with support from the National Malaria Control Programme, the
African Media and Malaria Research Network and Speak Up Africa.
The Coalition seeks to empower journalists to produce accurate and high- quality media output
on a regular basis and to maximise the role of the media in malaria advocacy and
The details of the awards are as follows:
The award has 4 categories from which a winner will be chosen from each category:
• Alternative (online, vlogs, blogs, social media etc.)
Submission deadline for entries is 31st January, 2021.
Submissions must have already been published/broadcast between April 2020 and January 2021.
All entries should be sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies
should be sent to P.O.Box CT 10479, Cantonments, Accra, or delivered to the AMMREN offices
The recipients of the awards will be publicly recognised at an official World Malaria Day event
in April, 2021.
The Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign sets out to ignite a society-wide movement towards
malaria elimination. It promotes the idea that if each of us, whoever we are and whatever we do,
assumes responsibility and step up to take action, then this aspirational vision will become a
According to the statement, the campaign is currently being rolled-out across Africa, co-led by
the African Union Commission and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.