Our History …
Medical Journalists Association-Ghana (MJA-G) is a registered non-profit making organisation of medical practitioners from the various health specialties and journalists from Ghana and abroad. It was inaugurated on the 6th of December, 2015 at the University of Ghana Medical School, Korle-bu.
Health information is very essential in promoting the health of people and the public at large. Reporting on this information can potentially influence the behavior of clinicians and patients. Often, these messages are delivered by seasoned reporters or journalists who perform thoughtfully even in the face of breaking news and tight deadlines but all too frequently, the accuracy of what is conveyed by these journalists is questionable. This subsequently can be devastating to consumers.
Journalists sometimes ignore the complexities or fail to provide contextual public health information and hence convey inadequate or distorted messages. This can also be attributed to the fact that some journalists find it difficult to interpret and convey the nuanced results of clinical studies.
It is therefore imperative that Journalists become more knowledgeable about health conditions in order to embrace fully the role of delivering to the public accurate, complete and balanced health information. This desire led to the birth of MJA-G.
Our belief is that the primary responsibilities for improving health related journalism in Ghana lie with journalists, clinicians and researchers. Hoping to improve the health system in Ghana with additional skills, care, introspection and a change in priorities, medical journalism will be at the beck and call of all.