IPPF Africa Region launches family planning award for journalists

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Africa region Wednesday launched the African Journalists Family Planning Reporting Award.

According to IPPF, the award targets pioneering print, radio and television reports by journalists from sub-Saharan Africa.

Specifically, it will recognise reports that have promoted dialogue on national/regional family planning policy issues as well as challenged governments on their family planning commitments, while highlighting reports on innovative methods of family planning service delivery that aim to increase access to family planning and contraceptive services.

The organisers, who have fixed 28 Sept. 2013 as the deadline for the submission of entries, said in a statement made available to PANA here that finalists would be invited to a gala awards ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in November 2013, as part of the International Conference on Family Planning auxiliary events.

Speaking on the award, IPPF Africa Regional Director said Lucien Kouakou said an estimated 26 per cent of married women in sub-Saharan Africa have an unmet need for contraception.

''Access to family planning services and supplies is limited. In our Vision 2020 we have committed to reduce the current unmet need for family planning by at least 50 per cent by the year 2020,” Ms. Kouakou said. “The media is essential if we are to realise this vision. They play a major role in strengthening and expanding coverage of family planning issues. This award celebrates journalists who are passionate about family planning and are committed to promoting this very important aspect of sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

The inaugural award is being organised with funding the Packard Foundation, with the desire to motivate improved and increased reporting on family planning. The Foundation, established 45 years ago, has worked with partners around the world to improve the lives of children, families, and communities.

IPPF Africa Region, based in Nairobi, Kenya, is the leading non-government sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) service provider organisation in Africa and the leading SRHR advocacy voice in the region.  
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04 سبتمبر 2013 13:19:51

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