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A full day of training on health issues in Tanzania and the role of the media in communicating health information, particularly the role of international broadcasting was held May 17 in Dar-Es-Salam. About 30 reporters and health experts participated in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Voice of America (VOA) event.
A Town Hall meeting on May 18 drew 100 participants representing civil society, NGOs, Ministry of Health, international broadcasting entities such us RFI, DW and VOA. The focus was on the role of media in communicating health issues, the current situation in Tanzania, and the use of new media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and SMS to inform audiences about critical health issues. Other topics included the cost of producing and airing health programming.
The project is funded by PRB (Population reference Bureau) with original funding from USAID to them, and is part of the much larger Tanzania project funded directly from USAID to BBG under a current two-year Inter-Agency Agreement.