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Yoneco trains citizen journalists to address maternal deaths

Written by  Evance Chisiano


Journalists listen attentively to a presentation during a training session - File Photo

Zomba, November 6, 2017: Youth Net and Counseling (Yoneco) Saturday trained citizen journalists to expose   issues that negatively affect women and children to   reduce maternal and neonatal deaths.

Every Woman Every Child Social Accountability Project Coordinator, Rose Kamera said citizen journalists would work closely with radio listening clubs that were established as advocacy tool in tracking the health delivery system in Malawi.

“We have trained citizen journalists so that they report objectively on duty bearers responsibilities over women and children that have right to access medical care in health facilities in their respective areas,” she pointed out.

District Information Officer for Dedza , Yamikani Sabola said his office was ready to work with the citizen journalists in ‘constructive reporting that should bring change.’

“Citizen Journalism is a community based communication and advocacy tool that will play an important role on women and children health,” he noted.

Sabola asked Yoneco to continue supporting the initiative saying citizen journalist is a community based initiative that needs adequate support.  

Common issues among radio listening clubs in the five districts were failure by health facilities to offer maternal services to women.

William Chilomoni from Traditional Authority Mwambo and Stella Misomali from Senior Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba expressed enthusiasm on citizen journalism saying their areas have issues that need attention of duty bearers.

Malawi Health Equity Network and Parent and Child Initiative (PACHI) are part of Every Woman Every Child Project which is being implemented in two traditional authorities in each of the five districts with funding from UNICEF.     

The training involved District Information Officers from the five districts of Machinga, Zomba, Dedza, Dowa and Nkhatabay that are expected to work closely with the citizen journalists to ensure that the advocacy project was in the best interest of the women and children.

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