This project, based on previous experiments of the FRONTIERS and POLICY projects, aimed to widen media coverage in Egypt of critical reproductive health issues and to communicate related research findings in a more systematic manner. Increasing coverage in the Egyptian press first required an assessment of the current coverage. Second, a network was formed of about 20 journalists from newspapers and magazines of different publishing houses, followed by four roundtable discussions on critical reproductive health issues. The results of evaluation sheets from the roundtable discussions showed a general increase in the journalists’ knowledge about reproductive health issues, especially for important data, such as prevalence of early marriage in Egypt; age at first pregnancy; the recommended age for routine gynecological checkups; and prevalence of female genital cutting among girls, adolescents, and women. Although this intervention was limited to print media, various recommendations are suggested to strengthen future media relations initiatives.
Hegazi, Sahar and Mona Khalifa. 2000. "Increasing the coverage of reproductive health issues in the Egyptian press," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Frontiers in Reproductive Health