4 journalists-in-residence land in Antwerp
Since 2014 the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) located in Antwerp has invested annually in a journalist from the global south. The Communication Department of the ITM issues a call to journalists for invitations to learn about scientific and health topics of their choice during a stay in Antwerp. A special edition of the journalist-in-residence programme took place in 2017, as a result of the European Congress for Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH2017), which brought some 1,500 participants from all over the world to Antwerp.
Taking advantage of this, the ITM gave four journalists the opportunity to participate in the programme. The call brought more than 100 registrations from around the world. After a strict selection process, four journalists were chosen: Serusha Govendor from South Africa, Dawood Shah from Pakistan, Andrew Mambondiyani from Zimbabwe and Mohamadou Houmfa from Cameroon.
The South African Serusha Govendor stayed in Antwerp for four weeks. She reported on various ITM topics and projects and displayed her skills as a video journalist during the week of ECTMIH2017. Daily, she produced and presented a video report of the highlights of that conference day. She closed her stay with an inspiring speech during the final event of ECTMIH2017.
Dawood Shah from Pakistan resided in Antwerp for two weeks. He went deeper into the question of access to good-quality medicines. For this, he interviewed ITM researchers, but he also seized this opportunity to interview experts on the topic during the ECTMIH2017 conference. Just as Andrew Mambondiyani, Dawood himself was also interviewed by Glo.be, the newest platform of the Belgian Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, also known as FPS Foreign Affairs.
Andrew Mambondiyani from Zimbabwe and Mohamadou Houmfa from Cameroon came to Antwerp during the week in which ECTMIH2017 occurred. They reported extensively about the conference and they interviewed various experts who were present there. Andrew wrote for online news sites while Mohamadou conducted interviews for his radio programme on VOA Africa.