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Health Emergency Response

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Health Journalism

Public health reporting harnesses all the tools of journalism to help people make healthy choices about thorny, thorny cultural issues and long term health concerns that are an ongoing threat to development. Over 30 years’ specialization in media training, and mentoring equip us to help partners make sense of disease and interventions through impactful stories.

In health emergencies and disease flare-ups, people need news on the go. They need accurate information to make rapid decisions in what are sometimes life-threatening situations. Internews’ emergency information work in epidemics and pandemics is informed by a decade of experience in humanitarian response in natural disasters and conflict settings.

A family gets health and other vital information from a radio program after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

A family gets health and other vital information from a radio program after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

The quality and quantity of stories has improved. Many new audience members have been attracted because of the changes. The programs have reduced discrimination; people are more open and better treated because of the coverage; people with HIV/AIDS are more accepted. We have seen tangible benefits.
— EDITOR IN THE ETHIOPIAN MEDIA, LOCAL VOICES ETHIOPIA IMPACT ASSESSMENT, 2010

Read more about our health journalism projects: Media and Global Health - From Information to Action