Journalism in the COVID-19 Era: Why Health Reporting Must Focus on Human, Animal and Environmental Issues to Help Combat Future Pandemics

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Journalism in the COVID-19 Era: Why Health Reporting Must Focus on Human, Animal and Environmental Issues to Help Combat Future Pandemics

Within just two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world. First, it brought countries big and small to a standstill for months on end. 5.12 million people (and counting) lost their lives and economies were crippled. Now, it’s forced us to adopt preventive measures that affect almost every aspect of life as we hitherto knew it.

This would be just one of many instances where a disease has spilled over from animals to humans, from rabies to Zika virus to Ebola. In fact, there are more than 250 zoonotic diseases with the potential to cross from animals to human beings and cause illness in people.

To support journalists’ efforts to better understand these issues and improve their health reporting skills, Earth Journalism Network, a project of Internews, organized this webinar that brings together experts on the One Health approach to achieving optimal health outcomes.


Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Merab — Health Journalist, Daily Nation
  • Prof. Noah Sitati — Wildlife Species Expert, WWF, Tanzania
  • Dr. Gladys Kalema — Zikusoka, Conservation Through Public Health

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