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Award-Winning Journalist Vitalio Angula Shares Insights on his HPV Vaccine Story

todayJanuary 23, 2024 15

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At the recent One Economy Foundation inaugural Journalist Awards, Voice of America freelance journalist Vitalio Angula shared details about his award-winning article titled “Namibia to Introduce HPV Vaccine.” The discussion, which delved into the basics of his journalistic career and the inspiration behind the award-winning piece, provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of health reporting.

Angula, a freelance journalist with the Voice of America, begins by introducing himself and expressing his excitement about winning an award. The story that earned him recognition is a radio piece on Namibia’s initiative to introduce the HPV vaccine, a crucial step in preventing cervical cancer.

The journalist highlights the significance of the HPV vaccine as a deterrent to cervical cancer, which is the second most prevalent cancer among women aged 17 to 49. He acknowledges the efforts of Namibia’s first lady, who also leads the Organization of African First Ladies, in advocating for the vaccine’s introduction.

Angula explains that the rollout of the HPV vaccine in Namibia faced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Undeterred by stakeholders’ initial reluctance to involve the media in their engagements, Angula took the initiative to gather information from a stakeholder meeting at the Avani Hotel.

He emphasizes the importance of persistence in journalism, encouraging fellow journalists not to be discouraged and to find alternative ways to obtain information. Angula shares that he utilized audio clips from key presenters, including a deputy director at the ministry and an HPV expert, to craft his compelling story.

In conclusion, Angula expresses gratitude to the One Economy Foundation for recognizing him with the award and the accompanying prize money. He plans to invest the prize money in new equipment, particularly microphones and lenses, to enhance the quality of his work.

Looking ahead, Angula sees a role for media in encouraging women to get vaccinated with the HPV vaccine when the rollout occurs. His story serves as an inspiration for journalists to persevere in their pursuit of information and highlights the crucial role media can play in promoting public health initiatives.

As we eagerly await the publication of Angula’s award-winning piece, it is evident that his dedication and passion for impactful journalism will continue to make a positive contribution to public awareness and health education.

Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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