Health/Science

Oct 62016

As Zika Spreads, Scientists Scramble to Understand the Disease

As the Zika virus spreads around the world, a panel of journalism and health experts said there was an urgent need for basic research to answer key questions about this devastating disease. Are women infected with the Zika virus able to have healthy children in the future? Can you develop immunity against the disease? Why is there a disproportionate number of children in Brazil with brain damage as a result of Zika? Are pregnant women the only ones at risk?

The panelists spoke at an Oct.

Covering Road Safety in the Southeast Asia Region

Meet the Fellows

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), road-traffic injuries account for approximately 316,000 death each year in the Southeast Asia Region. Globally, these deaths make up 25% of all road-traffic fatalities.

Photo courtesy of Yann, Wikimedia Commons

In partnership with WHO, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will organize a two-day workshop from Dec. 5 – 6, 2016, for journalists from the Southeast Asia region to improve their coverage of this public-health and -safety issue.

Kenya: Driving citizen engagement through data-driven stories on health and development

Award-winning journalist Catherine Gicheru is an ICFJ Knight Fellow who is working to transform media coverage of health and development issues by introducing new digital and data-focused tools at Kenyan newsrooms. The goal: to drive media coverage that helps citizens access better care and services and that gives them a voice in decisions about public policies and government spending.

Gicheru has already achieved important results.

Sep 142016

Six Journalists Probing Global Health Issues Win Reporting Contest

The International Center for Journalists has named six journalists from around the world as winners of the 2016 Global Health Reporting Contest. They produced riveting stories, from profiles of pregnant women living in the heart of the Zika epidemic in Brazil to health workers traveling on bikes to distribute medicines in Cameroon.

The entries were selected from more than 150 submissions. The winners – from Brazil, Cameroon, China, India, Russia and Zimbabwe – will visit Washington, D.C., Atlanta and New York this fall as part of a 10-day study tour.

2016 Global Health Reporting Contest

The Johnson & Johnson Global Health Reporting Contest, one of ICFJ’s flagship programs, has increased the quality and quantity of news coverage on key health issues in targeted countries and regions across the globe.

In its third year, ICFJ’s 2016 Global Health Reporting Contest aimed to build on the program’s previous years’ successes by catalyzing local networks of leading health reporters in Brazil, China, India, Russia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Covering Malaria Elimination in Africa: A Fellowship for U.S. Journalists

In his final State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama called on the world to end malaria. On Feb. 9, he released his FY17 budget proposal, which contained a $71 million increase for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), bringing the total to $745 million (and an additional $129M from redirected Ebola funds). He has also requested $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria –making the U.S. government a leader in fighting this preventable and treatable disease.

Maria Clara Vieira’s story, "A New Beginning for Children of Crack," shines a light on a growing problem in Brazil: the link between crack-cocaine addiction and an increase in the number of addicted children put up for adoption.

Dec 82015

Weak Health Systems, Poor Communications Were Lethal Combo During Ebola Crisis

A deadly mix of poor health services and communication failures fueled the Ebola epidemic that claimed more than 11,200 lives in West Africa, according to an ICFJ panel of journalists and health researchers who witnessed the disease’s devastation first-hand. But the panel of experts noted that there are promising signs that the global community could be better prepared to handle the next outbreak.

Oct 142015

Award-Winning Stories Illuminate Health Challenges Faced by Children and Women

From Brazil’s “crack-baby” epidemic to a mobile-phone app that is saving the lives of pregnant women in Cameroon, the entries that won the International Center for Journalists’ (ICFJ) 2015 Global Health Reporting Contest illuminate the complex challenges facing communities and health-care providers around the world.

More than 150 journalists submitted stories for the contest, which is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. The six winners will participate in a 10-day study tour of the United States this fall.