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J2J lung health training begins

J2J lung health training begins

The 14 Fellows selected for the National Press Foundation’s Journalist-to-Journalist (J2J) lung health training began their programme in Cape Town on Tuesday, in preparation for The Union’s 46th World Conference on Lung Health.  Presentations were given by The Union’s President, Dr E Jane Carter; Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme; and journalism experts, Meera Senthilingam (CNN) and Mia Malan (Bhekisisa, Mail and Guardian).

Stephen Tsoroti, who works as a senior journalist for ZBC News and The Financial Gazette in Zimbabwe, said: “So much knowledge has been shared today.  I’m excited for the days ahead.”

Sarah Tumwebaze, from Daily Monitor Newspaper in Uganda, said, “I am relishing the presentations we have had so far. I have so many questions, so many thoughts that have been provoked!”

At an informal reception following the first day's sessions, Jove Oliver, The Union’s Head of Communications, welcomed the Fellows, “I’m pleased that once again The Union has worked with The National Press Foundation to offer training fellowships to journalists from all over the world.  It’s a great collaboration, and I look forward to seeing the resulting stories from the Conference.”


Photo: Tuesday's reception offered journalists the opportunity to talk informally with Union experts, such as Dr Franciso Olea-Popelka, who will be presenting their work during the upcoming conference. Dr Olea-Popelka is one of the world's leading experts on zoonotic tuberculosis.