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EJC announces six winners of the last call of its Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for Germany

Press release
The European Journalism Centre
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maastricht, 20 November 2017

The European Journalism Centre is proud to announce the winners of the third and final round of the Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for Germany. A combined total of more than €94,000 will be awarded to six projects that advance reporting on health-related topics and bring innovative storytelling on global health issues to a wider public in Germany and beyond.

The winning projects have received endorsement from major media outlets in Germany such as RTL and n-tv, Geo Magazine, WDR, Die Welt and N24, Zeit Online and WIRED Germany.

The awarded projects address a variety of health issues in developing countries. Topics include the co-operation of European scientists with traditional healers in Africa, mental health of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone, the fight against fake medicine in Kenya and Cameroon, the potential of telemedicine in developing countries, psychological counselling in Afghanistan, and alternative methods in the ‘war on drugs’ in South America and Southeast Asia.

“These six projects were chosen because of their inquisitive and innovative story ideas and their ability to connect them to German politics, policies and public interest,” said European Journalism Centre director Adam Thomas. “The jury were looking for innovations in storytelling, with a particular focus on under-reported stories. They found this in a very strong round of applications.”

While this third call for applications of the Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for Germany was its last round, it will be followed by a new programme of calls for Global Health reporting projects for France to be opened early next year.  

Ten journalism grants worth €165,000 altogether will be awarded in 2018 to support the coverage of global health and development in France. Through specialised news organisations and the health verticals of quality media outlets, the reporting will target stakeholders in global health & development co-operation, decision-makers, and young people in France.

Journalists interested in applying for the upcoming call can sign up to our mailing list to be notified of the call's opening.

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Winning projects

Untapped Knowledge - African Traditional Healers and their Plants

This project looks at methods of fair co-operation between traditional healers in Africa and European scientists in their attempts to develop new treatment methods.

Team

Nicole Macheroux-Denault

Project locations

South Africa, Botswana, Germany

Media outlets

RTL television, n-tv

Budget

€20,050.00

Sierra Leone's Burden: A Future Build upon Trauma - and Resilience

This project focuses on the resilience of youngsters to cope with traumatic stress, looking specifically at young people in Sierra Leone who have been affected by experiences such as being child soldiers and Ebola orphans.

Team

Malte Werner (project lead), Daniel van Moll, Ute Lederer, Ahmed Sesay

Project locations

Sierra Leone

Media outlets

Geo Magazine, Perspective Daily

Budget

€13,190.00

Fighting Fake Medicines in Africa

 This project investigates the prevalence of fake medicines in Africa. The journalists from Germany and Kenya are joining German scientists as they collaborate with their African counterparts in their fight against fake drugs.

Team

Dirk Gilson (project lead), Willice Onyango

Project locations

Kenya, Cameroon, Germany

Media outlets

WDR, Star Newspaper and Standard Newspaper (Kenya)

Budget

€15,160.00

Healthcare Across Borders: Remote Hospitals and the potentials of telemedicine

The story looks at telemedicine systems that link remote health stations in two African countries with health experts all over the world via the internet. It elaborates upon the potentials and the challenges of this new form of international collaboration.

Team

Sebastian Drescher (project lead), Roland Brockmann

Project locations

Kenya, Eritrea/DRC, Germany

Media outlets

Welt/N24

Budget

€13,000.00

The Lost Chicken

This project explores the mental health of the Afghan population which suffers from the effects of four decades of conflict, and the struggle between conservative and liberal ideas that flow into the country through globalisation.

Team

Veronika Eschbacher

Project locations

Afghanistan

Media outlets

Zeit Online, Berliner Zeitung

Budget

€13,000.00

The Alternative War on Drugs

The ‘war on drugs’ in South America and Asia is often brutal and bloody - also for the addicts. The journalists investigate the approach German development co-operation takes in countries like these to reduce harm with alternative drug therapies and provision of clean therapy environments.

Team

Julia Jaroschewski (project lead), Sonja Peteranderl

Project locations

Colombia, Philippines, Germany

Media outlets

WIRED Germany

Budget

€19,960.00

Note to editors

The European Journalism Centre is an international non-profit that connects journalists with new ideas. Through grants, events, training and media development the European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism since 1992.

The European Journalism Centre is running the Journalism Grants Programme with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 2013 the programme has granted funding to more than 140 projects and will award a total of €1.6m throughout the life of the project.

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