The rise of diseases such as Covid-19 is driven by wildlife trafficking, trade and increasing human-animal contact through deforestation, overpopulation and habitat loss.
What is happening, why, and what can we do about it to prevent future pandemics? How can we reduce the spread of disease from animals to humans – and from humans to animals? What is the media’s role and influence in preventing future zoonotic diseases?
In this InfoNile/Water Journalists Africa webinar, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, the Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), presents about her organization’s work to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to gorillas in Uganda and support local communities to sustain themselves without trafficking wildlife.
Top East African journalists Gerald Tenywa of The New Vision, Caroline Chebet of Standard Digital and award-winning freelancer Geoffrey Kamadi talk with TonyWild photographer Anthony Ochieng and Jimmy Muheebwa of the African Crane Conservation Programme on how the media can help prevent future pandemics.
The webinar is part of a yearlong journalism training and reporting program for East African journalists on wildlife trafficking and conservation. It is supported by the Earth Journalism Network.