“How many here have had sex in the last three weeks?” asked Stanley Ngara of participants who appeared by turns mortified, startled and … just quiet as he spoke at a recent Internews print training workshop. Ngara, a community mobilization officer with Liverpool VCT, said that the most vulnerable population to HIV/AIDS is the casual heterosexual group known by its lay term as ‘mpango wa kando.’ “[A] Condom is the best way to protect yourself, “Ngara said. “ Even in oral sex, it is the surest way to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.” The challenge for journalists is to find fresh angles to keep writing stories about the importance of protection.
The four-year Health Media Project (HMP) launched in January 2013. It builds on the success of Internews’ Voices in Health media training program (2003-2012).