The African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN) is a registered non-governmental organisation made up of African journalists and scientists working together towards the control and elimination of malaria. Established in 2006, AMMREN is based in Accra, Ghana. The vision of AMMREN is a society of well-informed people working together to end malaria and other diseases in Africa.
AMMREN has over the past 17 years been actively involved in media advocacy for the elimination of malaria and other diseases on the African continent. AMMREN started with chapters in 10 African countries, namely, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and The Gambia, with over 300 members currently on its database across Africa. The network is now open to all active journalists in mainstream media, freelancers and online journalists.
AMMREN is the only media Network that worked closely with scientists and researchers who carried out the RTS.S malaria vaccine trial in 11 sites in seven (7) African countries. Several documentaries and magazines were produced on the malaria vaccine.
AMMREN has published over 18 editions of its flagship magazine, Eyes on Malaria and circulated more than 10,000 copies globally
AMMREN members produced articles to disseminate timely information on the vaccine to communities. It has since 2012, expanded its activities to cover other infectious, emerging and non-communicable diseases such as Ebola and diabetes.
AMMREN currently hosts a 100-member National Malaria Media Coalition (NMMC). The Coalition is an initiative of the National Malaria Control Programme of Ghana and Speak Up Africa of Senegal
AMMREN expanded its work beyond its original focus and is now involved in other health issues of relevance to Africa beyond malaria under its AMMREN-Plus initiative. AMMREN-Plus is running alongside AMMREN and is focusing on emerging issues of health, such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other diseases of public health significance. The project would be run under the AMMREN-plus initiative, which focuses on other health issues and diseases outside malaria.