The International Press Centre (IPC) is set to commence a six-month Media-in-Health-Care-Accountability Project for investigative journalists who are committed to reporting issues of governance, accountability and transparency in the health sector and are willing to help provide solutions to identified problems.
The project, which is supported by the US Consulate-General, Lagos will enhance the capacity of the media and younger generation journalists to serve as effective catalysts of fundamental health care reforms.
It was gathered that the project will monitor government response and utilization of funds allocated to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and other health emergencies.
The Executive Director, IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade noted that the training is aimed at improving the constitutional obligation of the media to and hold the government accountable.
According to him, “The project will seek to assist journalists to ensure health care sector accountability and service delivery because of the failures that Covid-19 have laid bare.”
The project will start with a one-month baseline assessment exercise of current trends in media reporting of health care issues, the outcome of which shall be used to design the capacity building programs to be organized in the latter part of the project.
The capacity building program shall target young and mid-career journalists from the print, online and broadcast media outlets in the three geopolitical zones of South West, South-South and South East.
Interested applicants will be called to express their interest on IPC’s website (www.ipcng.org) and the organization’s social media platforms.
Arogundade said that this is the first phase of MeHCA-P and expresses the hope that other development partners and donors would partner with IPC on the project so it could benefit many more journalists across the country.
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