SNL Malawi Engages the Media in Maternal and Newborn Health Dissemination

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Save the Children’s, Saving New Born Lives initiative recently organised a media workshop on maternal newborn and child health reporting in Salima.

 Speaking during the official opening of the workshop SNL Director for Advocacy and Communications, Mike Kiernan said the aim of the workshop was to equip editors and reporters with knowledge that would enable them to critically understand and analyse Maternal and New Born Health (MNH) issues and hence write good stories at the end of the day. He said it was imperative for the programme to engage with the media because they are considered as a major stakeholder in the dissemination of MNBH messages.  Kiernan said it is through the media that people can learn more on what is happening on the ground hence demand the required health services to save mothers and newborns.

In his remarks, Frank Kandu, a representative of the participants said it was shocking to learn of the alarming figures of newborn deaths in Malawi. Kandu said the workshop provided a forum for reporters to share different ideas that would be developed into news.  The two day workshop drew over 10 participants from different media houses in Malawi. The Save the Children SNL workshop took place courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.


Written by, Nomsa Mkandawire, Campaigns and Communications Officer