TV47 health reporter Violet Auma has secured second place at the AFP Awards 2021 under the Family Planning Reporting Category.
The Western region-based journalist battled it out with local and international journalists at the awards ceremony held in Ukunda, Kwale County.
Prior to the award ceremony held on Friday evening, July 30, Auma and other health journalists were taken through a long week mentorship program from experienced media practitioners.
Advance Family Planning (AFP) annual awards seeks to recognize outstanding efforts by journalists in line with their goal of expanding access to quality contraceptives.
For Auma, a feature dubbed “WATOTO NA UPANGAJI UZAZI” out of three she had submitted before the AFP Awards committee satisfied the criteria provided. For the 2021 awards, all interested applicants had to submit their best stories done between November 1, 2019 to June 31, 2021.
In addition, journalists awarded by AFP receive mentors who assist them in sourcing stories, research, and reporting.
AFP is a project under Jhpiego(Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics). The initiative was launched in 2009 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation facility and supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation and William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.
In Kenya, it was launched in 2016. It is managed by a board of directors led by Media Advocacy Manager Irene Choge. Every year, they award Kenyan journalists across print and broadcast media for outstanding health stories.
Having worked in radio, and now moved to TV47 newsroom, Violet Auma has done various health features including; Vasectomy in Siaya, Kakamega Baby Boomers, Special Passes for Pregnant Women in Siaya, Stigma around HIV & AIDS Patients in Kakamega, just to name but a few.