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FAMU faculty to help Africans develop broadcasts on AIDS

Several members of the journalism faculty at Florida A&M University are traveling to West Africa to help teach doctors how to use the media to educate people about AIDS.

"The project offers us an opportunity to save lives," said assistant professor Gloria O. Horning, the project's director.

Horning teaches broadcast journalism and produced an award-winning documentary on AIDS.

Others on the team are James Hawkins, director of the journalism division; Ernest Jones, a TV journalism instructor; and Gale A. Workman, a journalism professor.

The workshop is the first segment of a five-year program created with a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development. FAMU and Johns Hopkins University are partners in the project.

The team will be in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, for two weeks, beginning Aug. 12.

The FAMU team will help develop innovative broadcasts to increase HIV/AIDS awareness, reduce fertility, promote reproduction health, and reduce infant mortality rates in West and Central Africa.