Posted by Joan Mower:
Dana Perino gave the keynote speech at a Town Hall meeting on “The Role of International Broadcasters in Supporting Health Development in Nigeria” in Abuja at the Transcorp Hilton. The Town Hall was a joint project between VOA and Radio France Internationale (RFI), and the two organizations pledged to work together on training and improving access to health care across the country. Perino announced that VOA is in the process of creating an Africa Health Network, which will leverage all the health information from VOA Africa Services and ensure that health coverage is deeper across the continent. Maternal health is a key issue, she said.
The group then went to the French Ambassador’s residence where they discussed cooperation between the entities.
Later, the group met with Nigeria’s Vice President Namadi Sambo, who said he was a big fan of VOA’s and listened every day to the Hausa Service. He also said that his wife and he were very interested in seeing education improved in Nigeria. Sambo said he took many of his first lessons from a Peace Corps volunteer and has had a fondness for the United States ever since. He also pledged to look into ways of getting more broadcasting for the VOA on FM.
U.S. Ambassador Terence McCulley hosted a reception for the governors. He gave his strong support to VOA – and particularly to health reporting.
VOA and RFI also hosted a workshop for reporters on how to use social media to cover health subjects more comprehensively.