The Fojo Media Institute,International Media Support (IMS) and World Association of News Publishers (WAN-INFRA) have donated personal protective equipment (PPE) for Zimbabwean journalists.
Speaking during the handover in the capital yesterday, Misa Zimbabwe director Tabani Moyo said the support has been made possible with the funding from the Swedish Embassy in Zimbabwe through the Fojo’s and IMS’s Zimbabwe 21 programme as well as the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through WAN-INFRA’s Women in News programme.
He added that the intervention is a result of the collaboration of the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) partners, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) and the Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (ZINEF) who jointly worked with the Advertising Media Association (ADMA) in seeking support to protect journalists.
The purchase includes 8000 face masks,8000 surgical latex gloves,100 reusable protective suits as well as 852 bottles of hand sanitizer worth $25 000.
Meanwhile, since March 1, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said it had recorded the deaths of 55 media workers across 23 countries from the virus, although it stressed that it remained unclear if all of them had become infected on the job.