Liberian Health Reporters on the Rise

Ebola exposed holes in Liberia’s health system and its local media—now, both are improving in tandem.
 
Rampant misinformation and a dearth of rural journalists hampered reporting during the Ebola crisis that killed 4,810 Liberians. Politicians often dictate content by buying—or withholding—advertising.
 
The crisis galvanized a new guard of health reporters pressuring government with coverage of issues like road infrastructure, which contributes to Liberia’s high maternal mortality rate.
 
Information Saves Lives, an initiative bringing an SMS service to fact-check health rumors, is training 24 Liberian journalists and helping reporters land prestigious fellowships.
 
The Guardian

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