Health Crisis Reporting



Submitted by admin on Mon, 02/24/2020 - 17:43

The In-Country Seminar on ‘Reporting on Health Crisis: Training Journalists for Emergencies and Outbreaks’ is an initiative of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), in response to the ongoing COVIN-19 and information dissemination efforts of media.

AIBD is an inter-governmental organization founded by UNESCO in 1977, servicing countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development. Amongst the mandate of AIBD is to mobilize the communities in Asia-Pacific region; to discuss and promote media development and access to information around the world.

World Health Organisation (WHO) has collaborated with AIBD and NIH to organize the Seminar on Reporting on Health Crisis with the theme - Training Journalists for Emergencies and Outbreaks. This event will be held on 28th February 2020 at Classroom H, AIBD Office, Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur.  

Core objectives:

  • To help the journalists and content creators gain deeper knowledge on the novel Corona Virus
  • Explore methods on how to report on health issue to ensure greater public awareness.


In 2020, AIBD is collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Institute for Health, Malaysia (NIH) to produce the In-Country Seminar on ‘Reporting on Health Crisis: Training Journalists for Emergencies and Outbreaks’.

This event is supported by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Malaysia (NIOSH) and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Thailand (ADPC).

Key Speakers:

Dr Cory Couillard, Consultant, WHO

Topic : Brief summary of the situation and information about the disease, Public Health Advice and Risk Perception

Representative from National Health Institute (NIH)

Topic : Data Collection and Dissemination of Information

Dr Yvonette Duque, Senior Public Health Specialist, Asia-Pacific Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Topic : Disaster Risk Preparedness – International Perspective

Dr Muhamed Ariff Bin Muhamad Noordin, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Malaysia

Topic: How to ensure safety during reporting in crisis condition

Interactive Table-Top Session for Journalists:

This is a hands-on session with Dr Cory Couillard, World Health Organisation, especially designed to work with journalists and content creators to examine handling of health news and risk perception. 

Key points (Tentative)

  • Filtering pertinent information
  • Avoid sensationalizing during health reporting
  • Demonstrating Skills and Key Concepts
  • Group work and scenario-based exercise