Given the critical role that the media plays in the provision of timely and reliable information on health promotion in the communities, the African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN) a Network of Journalists and Scientists, and African-led independent non-profit organization, has been actively involved in education and advocacy programmes on malaria and related diseases for over eight (8) years.
The aim is to fill the yawning gap between information sharing and feedback on health outcomes. AMMREN has now actively expanded its work, under its new initiative, AMMREN-Plus, focusing on emerging diseases such as the Ebola Virus Disease, Neglected and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS and cardio-vascular conditions. This is in line with the conviction of the Network that health deserves to be given maximum attention by the media to empower people to make informed choices about their health.
This, the media can achieve through the dissemination of timely and accurate information on diseases that could lead to behavioral change and healthy living to ensure that policy makers, the communities, and donors are on the same wavelength and ready to work together, to reduce the disease burden in Africa.