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When I graduated from medical school as a doctor about a decade ago, I knew for sure that I was entering the world of medical practice as a novice, with so much ahead of me to learn—and that’s the...
Almost 100 researchers and PhD students at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania are next in line to take part in a science communication training programme from SciDev.Net funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The...
By Jo Whelan, Textpharm Ltd, Oxford, UK jo@textpharm.com  Abstract True journalism differs from public relations and uncritically reproducing press releases. It involves doing background research into the context surrounding the finding being reported, seeking comments from independent experts, and highlighting the negative...
Can you be both a medical writer and a medical journalist? Yes, but it involves a change in mindset. For example, the information required in an academic conference abstract is very different from that needed for news story on...
Recently, as countries commemorated World Malaria Day, there was an emerging controversy in East Africa on the safety of bed nets used in the fight against malaria—news was beginning to spread very fast, following claims that the bed nets—treated...
Boniface Mashaka, the chairman of the Association of Tanzania Health Journalists (ATHJ), is among 13 winners of the “MeRCK More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards 2017.” Mashaka won for writing on women who have faced challenges in their families...
Before landing in Kenya, my doctor had me get shots for typhoid, tetanus, cholera, yellow fever, and meningitis. He also gave me malaria pills. One in every fifteen Kenyans has AIDS. Nairobi is home to Kibera, one of the...
It was about five months after her appointment to work as Director in the Office of Africa Regional Director at the World Health Organization (WHO) that I had a rare opportunity to speak to her: Dr Mwele Ntuli Malecela,...