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The African Women's Media Centre (AWMC), an organisation that promotes the work of women journalists across Africa, has been given a $1.5 million boost to its campaign to enhance healthcare journalism in Africa.

The grant has been awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, set up by the head of Microsoft Bill Gates. It will help to improve the quality of healthcare coverage in the African media by encouraging responsible, accurate and relevant reporting.

"It is crucial that the media play a key role in disseminating accurate information," says Emily Nwankwo, chair of the AWMC advisory committee. "Only then will the general public become adequately informed and, ultimately, be able to improve their quality of life."

AWMC trains women journalists to deal with healthcare issues — notably HIV/AIDS — through its manuals, resource guides and training workshops. The organisation was set up in 1997 by the US-based International Women's Media Foundation, which will administer the grant.

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