The Health Journalists Network in Uganda (HEJNU), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness about health care issues and improving health literacy among Africans, is now working on its seventh edition of its periodical, the Health Digest, that will focus on the many challenges of developing and successfully administering large-scale vaccinations in Africa.
We anticipate that this issue will lead African governments to increase funding for vaccine efforts, and will increase public understanding of the potential of vaccines to save lives. The magazine will explore national vaccine strategies, the many institutions that play a role in developing and administering vaccines, and the state of vaccine research in Africa.
We will highlight the changing landscape of vaccine field work in Africa by addressing issues ranging from who pays for vaccine research to the many challenges involved in achieving high participation rates in vaccination campaigns.
We shall feature expert briefings on the latest in vaccine research and also explore the challenges involved in discovery, development, and delivery of vaccines in sub-Saharan Africa. And we will probe the role of international collaboration in vaccine research, including what donor countries have done to support Africa-based vaccine research.
HEJNU has 80 members – all journalists who report on heath regularly. By supporting them, HEJNU seeks to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health journalism.