Originally announced by the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi at the 2019 Reaching the Last Mile Forum, more than 350 partners signed up to mark World NTD Day and demand action to say #NoToNTDs.
Speak Up Africa has partnered with organisations and individuals from private and public sectors alike to increase awareness for Neglected Tropical Diseases and mobilise support in the fight to eliminate them as a public health problem across Africa.
Leading events Francophone African countries, Speak Up Africa is spearheading initiatives with high-level stakeholders, private and civil society organizations, artists and the media, coming together by saying No to NTD.
CSOs are crucial in bringing communities together for collection action. This year, 13 of our CSOs are holding various events on the continent.
Through the Lines of Impact initiative, we are working with 7 talented journalists in 7 west African countries to increase the quantity and quality of articles on NTDs.
Learn more about the journalists.
Alain Tossounon holds a Master of Journalism & Media and has been a journalist for some fifteen years. Editor in-Chief then Editorial Director of a weekly newspaper specializing in decentralization and local governance, «Le Municipal», he earned a number of certificates in water management, natural resources and sanitation before becoming a senior reporter on the themes of water, hygiene and basic sanitation (WASH). Working on these concerns over the past few years, he has covered key events, including the 1st World Sanitation Forum in Mumbai, India in 2009, the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille in 2012 and the 7th Daegu Forum in South Korea in 2015. Today, he has built a solid reputation, winning numerous awards, both in Benin and internationally, including the prestigious WASH Media Award in 2012 in Stockholm, for his publications on water, sanitation and hygiene. Alain is also known as an advocate for issues linked to water, hygiene and sanitation. He currently leads the West Africa WASH Journalists Network (WASHJN), which includes 15 countries in West Africa and Cameroon.
Yandé Diop is a journalist with a master’s degree injournalism and communications, and a member of the association of journalists in health, population and development (AJSPD). Yandé Diop was born in Kaolack, Senegal, where she completed her primary andsecondary education. She has worked in the media since completing her journalism studies in 2010. She made her debut in the written press, with Senegalese media group Walfadjri, before joining the Promo consulting group, which runs the «Rewmi» newspaper and radio station, for four years, and then the «Libération» daily newspaper, where she spent the majority of her career in the media sphere. She recently embarked on a career in the online press as Editor in Chief of the Thieydakar.net general news website and promotor of the Sante221.com site, focusing on health issues in Senegal.
Maimouna Bangoura is a Guinean journalist, she started as a technician reporter for Continental FM radio in 2008. She then became a journalist host at Groupe Evasion Guinea in 2011. In 2016, she won the Award of the best health magazine CFI. In 2018 she founded the laguinéenne.info news site.
Adjovi Nadia Edodji was born in Togo in 1995. After earning an undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Lomé, she learned journalism on the job. Since 2018, she has worked as an editor in a private daily newspaper in Lomé.
With a background in communications and international relations, Harouna Drabo is a fact-checking journalist at Fasocheck, an editorial initiative dedicated to the practice and promotion of fact-checking in Burkina Faso. His passion for blogging earned him the title of best blogger in Burkina Faso in 2019 for his publications on water and sanitation issues. Focusing on public development policies and accountability issues, Harouna Drabo has been an independent contributor to the treatment of socio-political news from Burkina and the sub-region for various media outlets since 2015.
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Abdullahi Tsanni is a science journalist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He has reported on science, health, agriculture, and biotechnology issues in Nigeria for publications including Nature, AllAfrica, Cornell Alliance for Science,Nigeria Health Watch, and African Newspage. Abdullahi has interviewed top scientists across sub-Saharan Africa, detailing stories about their research, workspace, and scientific enterpriseon the continent. His story on how rancorous debates about genetically modified organisms affect public sentiments in Nigeria won the 2019 Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa Science Media Award in the print/online category. He works as a volunteer with Science Communication Hub Nigeria and African Science Literacy Network, helping with communications and providing input on media partnerships. He has a degree in biochemistry and is a prospective master’s student in science communication at Imperial College London.
Jessica Ahedor is a freelance science/health Journalistin Ghana. She worked for First Digital TV/ GNTV as a health reporter, Lead News Anchor, Producer,and Programme Host for 6 years. In 2019, Jessica corresponded for West Africa Democracy Radio- Dakar Senegal, she is the Gender and Health correspondent, Pan African Vision–Washington DC, Scientific African Magazine–Rwanda and aco-founder of Science Journalism Ghana. Jessica also reported from the African continent and abroad – Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Togo, Gambia, Ethiopia, Canada, and the UK on myriad of health and environment issues. In 2020 she was selected fellow as part of CAPOOP Media Fellowship Program by Speak Up Africa to increase volume and the quality of WASH coverage in Africa.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of destructive mostly communicable diseases. They affect the world’s poorest people and are especially common in tropical areas, where people have little access to clean water or proper ways to dispose of human waste.
To mark World NTD Day, and in close collaboration with NTD Programs throughout West Africa, The Monument de la Renaissance in Senegal, Place de la Concertation in Niger, Monument du 22 Novembre in Guinea and the Etoile Rouge in Benin were part of a worldwide campaign, where more than 60 monuments in 40 cities and 24 countries were highlighted in Orange and Purple in a worldwide demonstration of unity in the fight against NTDs.
In Senegal, Speak Up Africa teamed up with creative agency Yard, RBS Crew, the Basketball African League, Ecobank Foundation, Special Olympics and Sarah Diouf, Creative Director and Founder of Tongoro to create a fresco on a basketball court in Ouakam, at the foot of the Monument de la Renaissance, highlighting the neglect in neglected tropical diseases, and bringing attention to these devastating diseases.