Mr. Emmanuel K. Dogbevi, the Managing Editor of Ghana Business News, has been given membership of the International Aids Society (IAS), an email from the organization making the announcement has said. The membership of the IAS, the world’s largest association of HIV professionals is for a two-year period, uptill 2019.
Mr. Dogbevi is also the Executive Director of NewsBridge Africa, a journalism skills training, mentoring and advocacy not-for-profit organisation.
“Congratulations! You are now an official member of the International AIDS Society, the world’s largest association of HIV professionals. Your voice has joined the collective of policymakers, researchers, scientists and activists to shape the global HIV response,” the introduction in the email signed by the President, Linda-Gail Bekker and Executive Director, Owen Ryan said.
The IAS was founded in 1988 with a mission of leading collective action on every front of the global HIV response through its membership base, scientific authority, and convening power. It has members from more than 180 countries working on all fronts of the global AIDS response.
Commenting, Mr. Dogbevi said: “This membership is an opportunity to reinforce my HIV advocacy as a journalist and it also further gives me the opportunity to continue to drive the conversation and negotiation around efforts to manage HIV and AIDS.
And even more importantly, this membership will give me access to timely and relevant scientific information and research which will strengthen my capacity in contributing to the discussion to curb stigmatization which is considered more deadly than the disease.”
Mr. Dogbevi expressed delight about the membership, saying,” it is every HIV and AIDS reporter’s dream to become a member of the world’s largest association of HIV professionals.”
Apart from being the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, the IAS is also the steward of the world’s two most prestigious HIV conferences, the International AIDS Conference and the IAS Conference on HIV Science.
Among the benefits members stand to derive are networking opportunities where members connect with the world’s largest network of HIV professionals through a variety of resources, receive exclusive member discounts on top scientific journals and courses, and access to a private job database and knowledge toolkits with key science from our global and regional meetings.
Mr. Dogbevi who is one of Ghana and Africa’s outstanding journalists, in addition to writing on health issues, HIV and AIDS, also trains journalists to report accurately and professionally on health issues including HIV and AIDS. In July and August this year, he trained 30 health journalists in Ghana to report on HIV and AIDS in collaboration with the African Centre for Development Reporting.
By Solomon Otu Mensah
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