“When the next pandemic arrives — and it will, we must be ready to respond decisively, collectively, and equitably.” -Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (WHO Director-General)
Quoting words of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO),Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) in an official statement signed by its Director General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa and posted on its website and social media handles, has announced the establishment of the MEDIA-EIS Fellowship.
The Fellowship is an initiative of the NCDC, the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and Breakthrough Action-Nigeria led by Johns Hopkins Centre for Communication Programmes
According to the statement, the MEDIA-EIS Fellowship is a premier capacity-building program established to develop the knowledge, and skills, of journalists working in the public health space through comprehensive training on Basic Epidemiology, Infodemiology, and Social and Behaviour Change (SBC)/Risk Communication.
MEDIA-EIS fellows are expected to engage closely with mentors, who are experts in journalism and public health, technical staff from the One Health Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, as well as subject-matter experts. Fellows will be exposed to relevant research, disease and/or thematic technical working groups, key decision makers, and timely information that will aid them in delivering policy-impacting and perception-shaping media content.
📝Call For Application
Our #Media_EIS fellowship is open to journalists, editors, programme managers, and influencers who desire to operate in the public health space and have the requisite qualification.
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) July 14, 2023
The Fellowship is expected to create a cadre of media experts who will not only play a more qualitative role in outbreak coverage and reportage but also play the critical role of ensuring accountability, transparency, and upholding best practices in finance, equity, and human rights observation during outbreaks. Trained Fellows will ensure less privileged populations are not marginalised but have the same attention as their more privileged counterparts across the entire spectrum of emergency preparedness and response.
The Fellowship runs for four months and is open to all journalists in the health sector in Nigeria. According to the statement, the first cohort will consist of thirty successful applicants.