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Workshop for Journalists on SRHR Held

A one-day training workshop, aimed at enhancing the skills of journalists on reportage on Sexual Reproductive and Health Right (SRHR), has been organized in Accra.

 

The training was organized by the International Planned Parenthood  Federation Africa (IPPF) and the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG).

 

The Executive Director of National Population Council, Dr Leticia Appiah, stated that reproductive health information was a fundamental part of human capital development to every country, hence, journalists should not report negatively on sexual and reproductive health issues.

 

“Journalists should move away from emotions when covering reproductive health issues because sexual health matters were a public issue, not privation conversations,” she said.

 

She said the media reports on contraceptives and sexual health should point out to the public the ramifications of overpopulation, and the need for parents and teachers to educate children on sexualities and best practices from the early stage in schools and homes.

 

Dr Appiah explained that economic development and population’s demographics go hand in hand and urged governments to make provisions for the growing populations.

 

A resource person from Kenya and a journalist, Mr Mark Okundi, appealed to journalists to apply the terminologies when writing stories about sexual reproductive health and rights objectively.

 

Mr Okundi advised journalists to be abreast with the myths and misconceptions surrounding health issues and abide by the ethics in cultural and gender sensitivities of the community.

 

Source: ISD (Michelle Fafa Agbenorto & Aliyah Bayali)

 

 

 

Created: 05 October 2018
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