By Rachel Mhango
As one way of increasing access and awareness to the masses regarding clinical research and health related issues in the country, Malawi Liverpool welcome Trust (MLW) launched a 3rd phase of a health program called Umoyo nkukambirana.
Umoyo Nkukambirana, an interactive radio program between researchers, clinicians and the general public was first introduced in 2012. It tackles issues of clinical research ranging from myths, consent and facts and general health issues ranging from causes, prevention and suggestions on how one can get help on a particular disease.
The third phase of Umoyo Nkukambirana program will run for two years on MBC Radio one, every Saturday from 17:00 to 18:00 pm. A repeat of the program will be done on different community radio stations which are; YONECO FM in Zomba, Dzimwe Community Radio Station in Mangochi and Nkhotakota Community Radio Station in Nkhotakota.
Journalists under the Journalist in Residence Programme (JIR) have been equipped with better health research writing and interviewing skills during the programme’s First Quarterly Meeting which was held at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW) on 14 July, 2016.
During the meeting, media consultants Frank Kapesa and Jacob Jimu presented on techniques and styles that journalists may use to make their stories appealing to readers and viewers. There were also discussions on adhering to ethics and objectivity to ensure that stories are accurate, fair and true.
“It is necessary for stories to be presented in an accurate, ethical and appealing manner because health research is a delicate subject which, if not reported properly, may lead to misconceptions and complete twists of facts.
Written by: Yamikani Yapuwa, Malawi News Agency Reporter
Happy mood, dancing women ,men and children was the order of the day on Thursday, 28 July, 2016 at Gumbwa Primary School in Chikwawa when the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW) visited the area to conduct a lung health awareness event to the surrounding communities.
The educative and informative event spiced by music caught the attention of men, women and school-going children from Kavalo and surrounding villages at Traditional Authority Kasisi who came to learn more about the topic while being entertained.