[:en]By Taban Robert Aggrey

In December, UNESCO in partnership with UNFPA and the South Sudan AIDS Commission, trained over 20 journalists drawn from broadcasting and print media across South Sudan on critical challenges facing young people today.

The training aimed at building the capacity of journalists with accurate and up-to-date information on sexual reproductive health and comprehensive sexuality education for adolescents and young people in order for effective delivery in their reportage.The hope is the training will help build the quality and quantity of coverage related to HIV and STI prevention and sexual and reproductive health rights and sexual health information and services for young people. The workshop also covered topics such as male and female anatomy and the power of the Internet and social media in sharing life-saving information to the broader community.

Salah Khaled, the head of UNESCO-South Sudan, addressed the journalists in Juba: “A huge number of young people in the country are unaware of the risks of STIs and other health dangers and they need to be educated,” said Khalid.

“Media has the power to educate a vast population on vital issues in a very appropriate time.”

According to the AIDS Commission, there are over 18,000 children and young people living with HIV across the country today with over 2,400 new infections happening every year (2013 Report).

There is also a major concern in STI prevalence among young people (age 15-24 years old) in Juba with a large disparity between youth that are in school, where rates are at 12% when compared with out of school youth who are over double that rate at 38%.

Habib Daffalla M. Awongo, Director General for Programme Coordination for South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC) revealed that over the last few years, the response to the AIDS epidemic in South Sudan has achieved encouraging results.

Awango stressed the critical role the mass media plays in reporting effectively on HIV prevention, treatment and care services. He emphasized that through these media outlets, journalists can help educate, mobilize, bring about behavior change and encourage populations to support and participate in a national AIDS response.

Lemeri Alison, Radio presenter for Radio Easter Yei and one of the participants for the training said the training has come at the right time when people are yearning to know more about HIV.

“I am convinced that all of us who have come for this training are going to impact the lives of the people in the community by reporting accurately and fairly,” said Lemeri.

 

A special thank you to Taban Robert Aggrey, a journalist from South Sudan and guest blogger for the Young People Today initiative.

Photo Credit: Taban Robert Aggrey, capturing journalist training attendees in Juba, South Sudan.[:pt]By Taban Robert Aggrey

In December, UNESCO in partnership with UNFPA and the South Sudan AIDS Commission, trained over 20 journalists drawn from broadcasting and print media across South Sudan on critical challenges facing young people today.

The training aimed at building the capacity of journalists with accurate and up-to-date information on sexual reproductive health and comprehensive sexuality education for adolescents and young people in order for effective delivery in their reportage.The hope is the training will help build the quality and quantity of coverage related to HIV and STI prevention and sexual and reproductive health rights and sexual health information and services for young people. The workshop also covered topics such as male and female anatomy and the power of the Internet and social media in sharing life-saving information to the broader community.

Salah Khaled, the head of UNESCO-South Sudan, addressed the journalists in Juba: “A huge number of young people in the country are unaware of the risks of STIs and other health dangers and they need to be educated,” said Khalid.

“Media has the power to educate a vast population on vital issues in a very appropriate time.”

According to the AIDS Commission, there are over 18,000 children and young people living with HIV across the country today with over 2,400 new infections happening every year (2013 Report).

There is also a major concern in STI prevalence among young people (age 15-24 years old) in Juba with a large disparity between youth that are in school, where rates are at 12% when compared with out of school youth who are over double that rate at 38%.

Habib Daffalla M. Awongo, Director General for Programme Coordination for South Sudan AIDS Commission (SSAC) revealed that over the last few years, the response to the AIDS epidemic in South Sudan has achieved encouraging results.

Awango stressed the critical role the mass media plays in reporting effectively on HIV prevention, treatment and care services. He emphasized that through these media outlets, journalists can help educate, mobilize, bring about behavior change and encourage populations to support and participate in a national AIDS response.

Lemeri Alison, Radio presenter for Radio Easter Yei and one of the participants for the training said the training has come at the right time when people are yearning to know more about HIV.

“I am convinced that all of us who have come for this training are going to impact the lives of the people in the community by reporting accurately and fairly,” said Lemeri.

 

A special thank you to Taban Robert Aggrey, a journalist from South Sudan and guest blogger for the Young People Today initiative.

Photo Credit: Taban Robert Aggrey, capturing journalist training attendees in Juba, South Sudan.[:fr]Par Taban Robert Aggrey

En Décembre, l’UNESCO, en partenariat avec le FNUAP et la Commission SIDA Sud-Soudan, a formé plus de 20 journalistes issus des médias comme la radio et la presse écrite sur les défis critiques auxquels font face les jeunes d’aujourd’hui.

La formation visait à renforcer les capacités des journalistes en leur fournissant des informations exactes et à jour sur la santé sexuelle et reproductive et l’éducation sexuelle complète pour les adolescents et les jeunes pour s’assurer que la diffusion de leur reportage soit efficace. Nous espérons que la formation permettra de renforcer la qualité et la quantité de la couverture médiatique liée à la prévention du VIH et des IST MST et des droits de santé sexuelle et reproductive ainsi que des informations et des services de santé sexuelle pour les jeunes. L’atelier a également porté sur des sujets tels que l’anatomie masculine et féminine et la puissance de l’Internet et des médias sociaux dans le partage de l’information vitale à une communauté plus large.

Salah Khaled, qui est à la tête de l’UNESCO au Soudan du Sud, s’est adressé aux journalistes à Juba : « Un grand nombre de jeunes dans le pays ne sont pas conscients des risques d’IST et d’autres dangers pour la santé et ils ont besoin d’être éduqués”, a déclaré Khalid.

“Les médias ont le pouvoir d’éduquer une vaste population sur des questions vitales dans au moment opportun.”

Selon la Commission SIDA, il y a plus de 18.000 enfants et des jeunes vivant avec le VIH à travers le pays aujourd’hui avec plus de 2400 nouvelles infections chaque année (rapport 2013).
Il y a également une préoccupation majeure concernant la prévalence des IST chez les jeunes (âgés de 15 à 24 ans) à Juba, avec une grande disparité entre les jeunes qui sont à l’école, dont les taux sont de 12%, en comparaison avec les jeunes non scolarisés dont le taux est plus du double et atteint 38%.

Habib Daffalla M. Awongo, directeur général de la coordination du programme pour le Soudan du Sud à la Commission SIDA (SSAC) a révélé qu’au cours des quelques dernières années, la réponse à l’épidémie de sida dans le Soudan du Sud a obtenu des résultats encourageants.

Awango a souligné le rôle crucial que les médias de masse jouent pour transmettre de manière efficace des informations sur les services de prévention, de traitement et de soins du VIH. Il a souligné que, grâce à ces médias, les journalistes peuvent aider à éduquer, mobiliser, entraîner un changement de comportement et encourager les populations à soutenir et à participer à une réponse nationale au sida.

Lemeri Alison, présentateur pour Radio Yei Pâques et l’un des participants à la formation ont déclaré que la formation a été délivrée au bon moment, à un moment où les gens aspirent à en savoir plus sur le VIH.

“Je suis convaincu que chacun d’entre nous qui sommes venus pour cette formation auront une influence sur la vie des gens de la communauté en transmettant les informations de manière précise et juste», a déclaré Lemeri.

 

Remerciements à Taban Robert Aggrey, journaliste du Soudan du Sud et blogueur invité pour l’initiative jeunes d’aujourd’hui.

Crédit photo: Robert Taban Aggrey, capturant les participants à la formation des journalistes à Juba, au Soudan du Sud.[:]

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