GBC News’ Oforiwa Darko has received an award for the “Most Impactful/ Best WASH -Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Awareness Reporter” of the Reducing Inequities in Health Care Awards (RIHCA2021) under the USAID – US Agency for International Development People for Health (P4H) project. It was organized by Penplusbytes and its partners; SEND GHANA and Ghana News Agency.
In all, 6 journalists received the media recognition awards in other categories which are Maternal Health and Family Planning, Malaria, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS and the most impactful People for Health (P4H) Reporter.
Annually, RIHCA 2021 will celebrate outstanding journalists whose media activities have contributed specifically to promoting quality healthcare delivery.
Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Juliet Amoah believes that the media’s contribution has been very pivotal.
‘’Especially in bringing out issues that form the basis for our constant engagements with duty bearers and demand for social justice and accountability and they deserve to be encouraged and empowered to bring out public interest stories that informs policy direction on citizens’ wellbeing’’, she said.
Madam Amoah added that “the successes and impact achieved in the
The 5-year citizen-centred project, People for Health, has been largely influenced by the work of journalists reporting on Ghana’s Health Sector in the 7 project regions (Northern, Savannah, North East, Volta, Oti, Greater Accra, and Eastern regions). The journalists’ reports have headlined untold stories of citizens’ challenges in seeking healthcare, provided direction to health professions and relevant ideas to policy makers”.
On the Award, Oforiwa Darko said the media recognition awaard is indeed a humbling moment.
‘’It also places a huge responsibility for me to increase my efforts in identifying the disparities within the Health Sector, hence contributing my quota to improving Ghana’s health sector’’, according to Oforiwa Darko.
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