Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian non-governmental organisation, Journalists Against AIDS on Wednesday launched its media resource centre and new Website in Lagos as part of efforts to sensitise the media and the public to the scourge.
JAAIDS Project Director, Omololu Falobi, said his organisation was "Nigeria's first-ever resource centre dedicated to providing information on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health issues for the media and the general public.
" He said the resource centre was a place where up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria and West Africa could be accessed on the Internet.
Omolulu said JAAIDS targeted the media as a critical stakeholder in combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and meningitis, among others.
In a country where about 2.
6 million people are said to be living with HIV or AIDS, he said the local media had a major role to play in mobilising opinions and responses of the community, organisations, interest groups, governments and people living with HIV/AIDS.
"We expect the use of the media resource centre and the .
Website (to) facilitate a radical improvement in the frequency, depth and quality of report of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health issues in the Nigerian media," Falobi said.