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Training in Pakistan focuses on health of mothers, newborns

Date: 11/10/06

Pakistani journalists interested in covering health issues can apply for any of three upcoming workshops with a special focus on the care of newborns and their mothers. The training is part of a five-year project to reduce the numbers of infants and mothers who die during childbirth.

This phase of the project includes four workshops for print, radio or TV journalists. The first one took place in September. The next three are scheduled for November 21 to 24 in Bhurban, November 28 to December 1 in Islamabad, and December 19 to 22 in Karachi.

The larger project is called the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN). The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is sponsoring it to raise public awareness and to help improve health care standards for mothers and newborns in Pakistan. According to the CIA World Factbook, Pakistan’s rate of infant deaths ranks 37th highest among 225 countries.

Internews Pakistan is organizing the journalism training part of the project. According to Internews, workshop participants will improve their overall health reporting skills, with a special focus on mothers and newborns. The journalists also will form a countrywide network of those interested in covering the topic.

Meanwhile, there will also be some financial rewards for reporters who cover the topic most effectively. According to Internews Pakistan, there are stipends available for investigative reports and awards to recognize the best coverage.

Application forms are available at http://www.internews.org.pk/news_mnh.php. For more information, contact info@internews.org.pk.

World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html.