Thirty (30) ECOWAS Communication Officers Poised to Promote WAHO’s activities and visibility

Freetown, Dec. 14, 2015 (MOHS) – Information and Communication Officers of ECOWAS countries have pledged to promote the activities and visibility of the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) at the conclusion of a two day meeting held at Palm Beach Hotel, Quagadougou, Burkina Faso.

30_WAHO

Participants in group photograph, Palm Beach Hotel, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The meeting which attracted Communication Officers from Health Ministries and other private media institutions and online journalists aimed at building the knowledge of participants on the unique role of WAHO across ECOWAS, boost their capacity of awareness of WAHO and rebrand the institution. The specifics also aimed at creating a wave of sympathy on the part of participants, pave the way for future collaboration between WAHO related information in their respective countries, and to challenge participants to contribute to rebrand the institution among its various targets.

30_WAHO1

L-R Jonathan Abass Kamara (Sierra Leone: Anglo phone Rapporteur) and Franco phone Rapporteur (Senegal)

From Sierra Leone, the Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Jonathan Abass Kamara and the ICT Director, Sidi Yayah Tunis were among the Anglo phone and Franco phone participants that came out with six recommendations that would make WAHO a more viable institution.

Key among the recommendations were the establishment of a network of both Anglo phone and Franco phone countries, strengthening the communication and information unit of WAHO with qualified personnel, an annual meeting between WAHO and the network, encourage online health reporters among other member countries to link their site to WAHO website as well as using the means of social media such as facebook, twitter, whatsapp, viber to promote WAHO activities, and to provide advocacy through continuous publication of WAHO interventions and needs in member states.

30_WAHO2

L-R: Anglo phone Chair Sidi Yayah Tunis (Sierra Leone) and Anglo phone Rapporteur Jonathan Abass Kamara (Sierra Leone) reporting online

Other highlights include presentations of group work, the Draft and Final Report by the Anglo phone and Franco phone participants. Sierra Leone led the Anglo phone group with Jonathan Abass Kamara as Rapporteur and Sidi Yayah Tunis as Chair.

Anglo Phone Group Members:

  • Sidi Yayah Tunis                                      Chairman                                 Sierra Leone
  • Jonathan Abass Kamara                       Rapporteur                               Sierra Leone
  • Akeem Oyewole Oyetunji                      Member                                    Nigeria
  • Ikemefuna Faith Ezeaja                        Member                                     Nigeria
  • George N Sorbor                                     Member                                    Liberia
  • Saywhar N Gbaa                                     Member                                    Liberia
  • Buba Darboe                                           Member                                    The Gambia
  • Saliu Steve Yunisa                                 Member                                     The Gambia
  • Lawrencecia senam Ziwu                     Member                                     Ghana
  • Odonkwor Kelvin Kwanbuna Deh      Member                                    Ghana

JAK/MOHS/SLENA