IHAA creates journalists

hivHARARE - The UK-based International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA) has introduced an initiative to encourage people at a grassroots level to fight HIV/AIDS.

The Key Correspondents (KC) initiative is being run under the local banner of the Partner Zimbabwe initiative. Anyone with a passion for writing on HIV/AIDS-related topics is encouraged to contribute on the KC website, www.healthdev.com.

The organisations coordinator, Godsway Shumba, said there was need to engage an all encompassing strategy in the fight against the disease. He also appealed to journalists to advocate for easy access of HIV/aids information from the government. “We need to make sure all the vulnerable groups are represented and are given a voice to say things on their own, furthermore the KC reporters should at most be in a position to report on local realities in their communities.

“This would then help policy makers when formulating HIV/AIDS policy. We should also be able to advocate for an end to the bureaucratic procedure that is required to be followed by reporters when seeking information on HIV/AIDS from government departments, especially the repealing of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA),” he said. The KC initiative is effective in more than 50 countries worldwide and each country team is made up of citizen journalists.

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