A desperate lack of skilled reporters in the most far-flung rural areas became clear during the country’s Ebola outbreak. Now, with the first crop of trainees in the field, the benefits of good health reporting are beginning to be seen

It took just one day for journalist Emmanuel Degleh to restore access for 12,000 Liberians to the only health clinic in their area.

Residents of the mountainous Gibi district had been pleading with government officials to repair a collapsed culvert that was cutting off their only road to emergency health services and the rest of the country. For weeks the requests were ignored. But when Degleh picked his way up the muddy pass on a motorbike to tell the story on community radio and online at Local Voices Liberia, his report caught the public’s attention.

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