IPAS Trains Press Gallery On Reproductive Health

In a bid to reduce the rate of maternal mortality and to encourage the practice of safe abortion in the country, Ipas-Sierra Leone, an international non-governmental organization which seeks to promote women’s sexual reproductive health and rights, on Monday (23 June) trained members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in understanding and reporting women’s sexual reproductive health and rights from Parliament.

The training focused on the magnitude of unsafe abortion in Africa, with particular reference to Sierra Leone the recent continental and international initiatives addressing unsafe abortion status of abortion law reform in Sierra Leone abortion in the media in Africa the role of the media in setting the agenda and why social media matters in journalism .

The two-day training, according to the Director of Public Relations in Parliament, Cyril Juxon-Smith, will enable journalists to understand and report on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights as the public depends on their reportage nationwide.

Clerk of the Health Committee in Parliament, Mohamed Ngevao, lauded the training for members of the Parliament Press Gallery, as its members often times cover debates and hearings in Parliament. He noted that Ipas has been working with parliamentarians in order to enhance their knowledge on women’s reproductive health and rights.

President of the Press Gallery, Elias L. Bangura, welcomed the NGO’s initiative to train his members on how to sensitize the public on safe abortion and women’s reproductive health.

He said the two-day training would enable gallery members to report effectively and efficiently on topics that are presented by various consultants from Kenya and Mozambique to the public, and urged pressmen to take the message to communities in the country.

Source : Concord Times

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