From neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) to diseases which can be prevented by vaccines or caused by unsanitary conditions such as malaria, millions of people across Africa continue to suffer from preventable and treatable diseases that create barriers to education, employment, economic growth and overall development. To create sustainable change, raise public awareness and hold decision-makers accountable, the role of the media is absolutely essential. Through regular, quality reporting on these key public health issues, journalists can become powerful agents of change in the fight for a fairer, healthier and more prosperous Africa.
The Lines of Impact initiative aims to strengthen the journalists’ capabilities and generate impactful media coverage on these issues. In partnership with African journalists, we are striving to increase the volume and quality of reporting on the topics of NTDs, malaria, immunisation and sanitation in Africa, ensuring that these public health issues, and the people who suffer from them, are at the heart of media conversations. By ensuring a steady stream of media coverage, the initiative raises awareness and amplifies the voices of those affected across the continent. In this way, Lines of Impact plays a crucial role in holding leaders accountable for their commitments to achieving our sustainability goals.
In 2021, the first edition of « Lines of Impact » focused on NTDs, on World NTD day on 30 January. 13 articles and a video were produced.
Journalists on the Lines of Impact programme 2021:
Future editions will cover various themes.