Ammren Plus

Diseases, which are preventable elsewhere, continue to kill millions in Africa. This situation can partly be attributed to ignorance about prevention and treatment of the diseases. Though the media is involved in health reporting, the modus is not well structured.

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.

Key Objectives
  • To promote health research and health communication in Africa through the strengthening of capacities of African journalists.
  • To disseminate timely and accurate information on health issues in and outside Africa.
  • To advocate the implementation of international agreements on health signed by African leaders.
  • To promote sharing of health research findings between journalists and scientists that are of relevance to affected communities.
  • Identify issues, gaps, challenges and opportunities in health interventions.
  • To build strong partnership with scientists and health experts in Africa and beyond to ease the difficulty in assessing information and research findings on malaria.
Key Activities
  • Training of African journalists to report effectively on health in general.
  • Training of African student journalists to report effectively on health in general.
  • Building the capacity of African journalists to design and implement projects on health related.
  • Strengthening the capacity of African journalists and student journalists to interpret scientific data.
  • Production of TV documentaries on health.
  • Training of scientists to work effectively with the media.
  • Production of a magazine on Health, ‘Focus on Health’.