Reporting health research. Connecting journalists and TB researchers in Zambia
Barriers include stigma around TB transmission, lack of access to reliable information and limited support from editors for health stories
This case study shares some of the outcomes and lessons learned from a joint initiative between Panos London’s Relay programme and TARGETS, a research programme consortium. The initiative brought together journalists, editors and health researchers to discuss the barriers to reporting and promoting public debate on TB. These included stigma around TB transmission, lack of access for journalists to reliable information and limited support from editors for health stories. Health researchers then acted as expert advisors to journalists who produced a series of national newspaper articles and radio programmes on both national and community radio.
Panos London, London, UK, 16 pp.