Coming from 6 countries that make up the East African community, 15 journalists and social media influencers concluded a three-day workshop on strengthening media reporting on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) on Friday, September 29.
Held from September 27 to 29, 2023 at the Léon Hotel in Kinshasa in the DRC, this workshop concerned these journalists and communicators who are influencers on social networks in the countries of the Great Lakes region, namely Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Zambia with the objective of strengthening media coverage of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) in the EAC region through capacity building of media personnel and journalists.
An opportunity for facilitator Dennis Bwana to recall the health financing commitment adopted by the Heads of State of the African Union during their 32nd Ordinary Assembly on February 9, 2019 in order to increase national investments in health.
For Dennis Bwana, this commitment by Heads of State consists of «Examining each year the performance of countries – at the level of Heads of State against the criteria of the African Scorecard on domestic financing of Health. And to digitize the African dashboard on domestic health financing so that the data used to assess performance is more widely disseminated. Complete the Scorecard with national health funding», he says.
In the meantime, journalists and social media influencers have implemented communication strategies to amplify the advocacy of the project (SHARP), among these strategies we can note the dissemination and sharing of convincing statistics on the adolescent population, its challenges and the importance of the SHARP project. Brief influencers to frame the conversation on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) from a human rights perspective and raise awareness of key ASRH rights and how young people can access health services , all this through broadcasts, reports and well-developed posts.
Théo Démosthène KALUBI from Kinshasa/DRC