The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Guyana in collaboration with the Guyana Press Association and the Ministry of Public Health hosted the fourth PAHO/WHO Clare Forrester Media Awards on 3rd December, 2017.
The competition, which saw 96 entries, with 94 being eligible, included a new category - photo journalism, after a recommendation was made by the judges in 2016. The majority of the submissions were in the print category – 34% followed by online stories - 26%, TV - 19%, radio - 12%, and photojournalism - 9%. Chief Judge, Dr. Paloma Martin noted that entries showcased more detailed and investigative pieces compared to past years.
PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. William Adu-Krow, noted that the media played an important role in advocacy surrounding important health issues such as the passage of the Tobacco Legislation in parliament, reintroduction of the HPV, and the resounding success of the mass drug administration to eliminate Filaria. “We as public health specialists are unable to share our ideas and strategies with everyone so we enlisted you to expand our audience reach with vital health information and encourage better health seeking behaviours”, he said.
Dr. Adu-Krow noted that PAHO/WHO Guyana will continue to collaborate with the media and encouraged media personnel to continue to produce positive features and to impart knowledge to the public so as to improve health and wellbeing in Guyana.