Journalists in Brazil, China, India, Russia and Sub-Saharan Africa had a chance to win a trip to the United States and cash prizes as part of regional competitions to recognize the best media coverage of maternal and child health and other urgent health matters such as Ebola and vaccination.
Stories focusing on these topics published, broadcast or posted online in Brazil, China, India, Russia and Africa between Dec. 1, 2014, and May 27, 2015, qualified for the contest.
Six winners received a cash prize and a 10-day study tour to the United States. Contest topics included:
- Reducing maternal, infant and child mortality.
- Reducing disease transmission from mother to child.
- Preventing malnutrition.
- Improving delivery of care and infrastructure for maternal and child health.
- Responses to the Ebola epidemic.
- Innovative approaches to delivery of vaccines.
Journalists employed by print, broadcast or online media in each country qualified. The contest was also open to affiliated freelance journalists. Submitted work must have appeared in a media outlet based in each region or distributed mainly in the region. Submissions may be made in English, French (Africa), Hindi (India), Mandarin/Cantonese (China), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia).
Applications for the 2015 program have closed.
This program was made possible with the support of Johnson & Johnson.