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Collins Vumiria

Collins is chief news editor of Radio West in Mbarara, Uganda.

She began her reporting career as a parliamentary correspondent with Radio Uganda, and now specialises in environment and health journalism, with an emphasis on TB and HIV/AIDS.

In 2006 she received a US Embassy/Eastern Africa Media Institute radio reporting award for a feature on factory pollution. She is currently undertaking a Panos/StopTB fellowship, and is a member of the Uganda Media Women’s Association.

Collins says:

"I would like to see a corruption-free Uganda, in which resources allocated to the health sector are used for that purpose. I would also like to see everyone living with HIV/AIDS – including children – able to access treatment, together with improved nutrition."

Journalism by Collins Vumiria

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