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Other Involvements of MESHA
Work with Parliamentarians
The main purpose of this program is to give visibility to the 2012 African Declaration on Science Communication (product of The First African Science Journalists Conference of 2012). MESHA Chairperson, Ms Violet Otindo, is the flag bearer of the Declaration. This declaration opened way for MESHA to do cross-border engagements when we started
working with local parliamentarians as a starting point. The declaration gives a road map on how various players can contribute towards mainstreaming science journalism in the Continent.
(d) News Service Program
MESHA seeks to strengthen its news service program and is exploring making it a bi-monthly product. The News Service established in 2014, publishes a quarterly science information magazine called SAYANSI. The glossy magazine currently has an outreach of nearly 60 journalists networks through the World Federation of Science Journalists based in Canada which has a global audience. It also reaches out to various science based organisations such as the
(e) Science Cafes
From 2015, MESHA signed an MoU with the French Embassy, Nairobi for purposes of holding quarterly science cafes where scientists break down their science to the general public. The science cafes are held in the evenings after office hours and targets the general public who are the consumers of science on a daily basis.
From November 1, 2017, MESHA received a one year grant from AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition. MESHA will conduct Media Science Cafes whose objectives are:
- To network and exchange information with like-minded organizations, research institutes, scientists, civil society and stakeholders with a view of improving health communication in the region
- To strengthen the relationship between scientists, civil society advocates and journalists working in the space of health.
- To provide journalists with a focal point and hub of information and expertise in health research in Kenya.