Fifth African Conference of Science Journalists
Virtual Conference

Title: Fifth African Conference of Science Journalists Virtual Conference

Date of event: May 24-27, 2022

Proposer: Media for Environment, Science, Health andAgriculture (MESHA)

Target Countries: Global

Partnership: MESHA and InfoNile

Fifth African Conference of Science Journalists - Virtual and In-person Conference

Time (Kenyan Time)ACTIVITY
9.00am – 10.00amMODERATOR: Aghan Daniel, MESHA Secretary
Opening Remarks
MESHA Chairman, Mr Bozo Jenje
Brief Remarks from International Federation of Agricultural Journalists President, Ms Lena Johansson
Brief remarks from World Federation of Science Journalists
Official opening by Chief Guest (tbc)
10:00am – 10.45amKeynote Address: Decolonising global health: Where are the Southern voices? Samuel Ojo Oti, Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers
in Africa, Nairobi
10.45am - 12.30pmMODERATOR: Zarina Gelo, Zambia
Updates on the vaginal ring in Africa by Patriciah Jeckonia, Senior Technical Advisor, Policy and Partnerships, LVCT
HIV Prevention: Updates on U=U in Africa
Dr Lazarus Momanyi, NASCOP, Kenya
Emerging issues - People ‘healed’ of HIV
12.30pm – 1.00pmDISCUSSIONS
1.00pm - 2.00pmLUNCH
2:00pm – 3.30pmAntimicrobial resistance: Key interventions in Africa - Dr. Evelyn Wesangula, Coordinator, Antimicrobial resistance, Ministry of Health
The hullabaloo about the loo: new approaches to WASH in Africa -
Mr Kariuki Mugo, Country Manager, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor
3.30pm - 4.30pmReproductive health in Africa: Conversations that matter - DSW Kenya (Speaker TBC)
Presentation by Simon Bolo, Leishmaniasis Access Leader, DnDi
4.45pm - 5.00pmDISCUSSIONS
Program Outline - DAY TWO – Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Time (Kenyan Time)ACTIVITY
9.30am – 10.30amMODERATOR: Delicate Sive, InfoNile
The balancing act: Exploiting the Lake Victoria ecosystem sustainably
Bahati Mayoma, Tanzania microplastics scientist (TBC)

Benjamin Ssekamuli, Lake Victoria Basin Commission (TBC)

Laura Otieno, Kenyan journalist and MESHA Vice Chair
10.30am – 11:45amMODERATOR: Fredrick Mugira, InfoNile - Water Journalists Africa
River Nile: Promoting shared use of the transboundary water resource
Michael Kizza, NBI Deputy Executive Director: Strategic Water Resources Analysis

Dr. Maha Abdelraheem Ismail, NBI Ground Water Project Lead
11.45am – 12.00pmDISCUSSIONS
12:00pm – 1.00pmConnecting the dots: how policies, community involvement is solving biodiversity challenges in Africa by Prof Nicholas Oguge (terrestrial ecology) and Dr James Kairo (Marine conservation along the East Coast of Africa)
1.00pm - 2.00pmLUNCH BREAK
2.00pm - 3.00pmClimate change: Invisible interventions in East Africa – Africa uncensored and Y4A
3.00pm – 4.00pmSustainable Mobility Solutions: Digging deeper into African case studies Annika Berlin, Programme Management Officer
Sustainable Mobility Unit, Economy Division
4.00pm – 5.00pmEND OF DAY TWO
Program Outline - DAY THREE – Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time (Kenyan Time)ACTIVITY
9:30am – 10.30amNeglected African farmers: Why we need sustainable practices in animal and crop production.
icipe and AATF
Seed Industry Updates from Selected African Countries: Data from recent TASAI Studies, and the TASAI Dashboard – Mainza Mugoya - TASAI
11: 15am – 11.30amDISCUSSIONS
Climate smart rice production in Ghana: A new dawn - Dr Maxwell Darko Asante

Latest Seed Harmonisation Regulations in ECOWAS: What journalists need to know - Dr Yacouba Diallo
1.00pm - 2.00pmLUNCH
2.00pm -3.00pmContinental Guidelines On The Use Of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture: What African Agriculture Journalists Need to Know - Dr Simplice Fonkou (tbc)
3.00pm – 4.30pmBovine diseases in domestic animals and wildlife
Dr Bernard Bett, One Health Research, Education and Outreach Centre in Africa (OHRECA) and icipe
4.00pm – 5.00pmBiodiversity and agriculture: Key issues that journalists need to cover - Dr Saliou Niassy, icipe (tbc)
Program Outline - DAY FOUR – Friday, May 27, 2022
Time (Kenyan Time)ACTIVITY
Presentation from KEMRI Wellcome on COVID19 (50 minutes)

Presentation from MESHA: 16 years of science journalism in Africa: Gains and Pains - Nduta Waweru, Aghan Daniel (20 minutes)

Misinformation during COVID-19 and how science journalists tackled it - Talk Africa - Mary Mwendwa (20 minutes)
10:30am – 11:00amDISCUSSIONS
10.45am – 11.45amMODERATOR: Sharon Atieno, InfoNile grantee and #WildEye East Africa data wrangler
Preventing biodiversity loss from poaching and wildlife trafficking
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Conservation Through Public Health, Uganda

Fauna & Flora International, South Sudan (TBC)

InfoNile - Pandemic Poachers and #WildEye East Africa project - Delicate Sive or Ruth Mwizeere
11.45am – 12.00pmDISCUSSIONS
12:00pm – 1.00pmMODERATOR: Alis Okonji, InfoNile
Protecting freshwater biodiversity
Dr. Mark Olokotum, National Fisheries Resources Research Institute Uganda - Freshwater Biodiversity Portal (TBC)

Ruth Mwizeere, InfoNile - Shrinking Lakes

Dr. Willy Kakuru, National Coordinator of the Wetlands Restoration Project, Uganda
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00pm - 3:00pmGeojournalism Practical Skills Building Session + Introduction to NileWell
InfoNile: Annika McGinnis and Andrew Aijuka
3:00pm - 4:30pmMODERATOR: Curity Adhiambo, InfoNile
InfoNile Environment/Climate journalists share innovative ways to tell science-based environment stories
Miriam Watsemba, Uganda photojournalist - Sinking Land photo story and community exhibition (TBC)

Shemei Agabo - Uganda documentary producer - Kabale Climate Change Documentary, Enturire

Fred Mwasa: Investigative science and environmental geo- journalism in Rwanda, The Chronicles

Alis Okonji, InfoNile Mobile Magazines and Whatsapp chat to tell science and data stories
4:30pm-4:45pmClose of Conference

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