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Media Resource Centre on HIV/AIDS opens in Lagos
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Wednesday, May 30 2001 is the D-day for the formal opening of Nige-
ria's first resource centre and a new website dedicated to providing 
information on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health issues for the media 
and the general public.

The Media Resource Centre on HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health/Rights, 
the first of its kind in the country, is a project of Journalists 
Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria, a media-based HIV/AIDS advocacy or-
ganisation founded by a group of journalists in 1997.

Located at 1st Floor, 42 Ijaye Road, Ogba, Lagos, the resource centre 
will provide electronic and non-electronic information resources on 
HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and other health issues to journalists 
and other members of the public. Facilities at the centre include a 
documentation library stocking HIV-related literature, research re-
ports, CD-ROMs, disks, audio-visual materials etc.

Other facilities include a training room, a TV/Radio viewing / moni-
toring service a well as a training room that will host regular 
monthly seminars and workshops on health and development reporting 
for journalists.

In addition, it will provide free Internet service to journalists to 
enable them access health information online. The centre will also be 
open to members of the public, especially journalism training insti-
tutions and non-governmental organisations that do not have the re-
sources on their own to set up a health information resource facil-
ity. 

Journalists Against AIDS will also use the occasion to launch its new 
website <http://www.nigeria-aids.org>, which is designed to be the 
one-stop online resource centre on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria and West Af-
rica. On the website, members of the public will be able to find the 
latest statistics on HIV/AIDS in all countries of West Africa, browse 
HIV-related abstracts, research reports and presentations and also 
join in an electronic conference on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

Omololu Falobi, Project Director of the organisation, said he hoped 
the opening of the resource centre and the new website would facili-
tate a radical improvement in the frequency, depth and quality of re-
porting of HIV/ AIDS and other reproductive health issues in the Ni-
gerian media. Dignitaries expected at the event include representa-
tives of the Lagos State government, the media and members of the NGO 
community.

For further information and enquiries, contact:

Princess Olufemi-Kayode
Media Programmes Officer
1st Floor, 42 Ijaye Road, Ogba
Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234-1-492-1292
mailto:resourcecentre@nigeria-aids.org
or 
mailto:princess_opak@yahoo.com
http://www.nigeria-aids.org

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