Violence and Injury Prevention

WHO launches road safety fellowship programme for journalists in Cambodia

On 8 May 2014 WHO launched a road safety fellowship programme for journalists in Cambodia, as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme (BP-GRSP) in the country. The fellowship programme will last eight months and benefit 13 reporters from print, television, radio and on-line media.

The objective is to increase and improve the quality of reporting on road safety in Cambodia. The fellows were selected through a competitive process and will participate in a number of activities aimed at supporting their understanding of the topic and facilitating access to accurate and relevant information with which to develop their stories. To encourage active learning, technical seminars, participatory workshops and field visits are among the activities included. The programme kicked off with a workshop on the current status of road safety legislation in Cambodia, the process for approval of new legislation, and international good practices in road safety.

In June, the fellows will gather again on the occasion of a workshop organized in Siem Reap for them and some additional 30 local reporters. The road safety journalism fellows have committed to producing a number of stories on road safety each month. The fellowship programme will also be implemented in India and Kenya in 2014.