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The European Journalism Centre announces seven winners of its Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for Germany

Press Release
The European Journalism Centre
Maastricht, 6 June 2017

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is proud to announce the winners of the second call for applications of the Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for Germany.

Seven innovative journalistic projects featuring under-reported global health issues will be awarded a total sum of more than €100,000. In addition to the six awarded projects from the first call of applications, these seven stipends will contribute to a greater awareness about global health issues among German media audiences.

Topics from developing countries like the potential of the new and cheap technology of 3D prostheses, the rise of dementia and its consequences, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and the brain drain of educated health workers from Africa provide a fascinating insight into the broad range of storytelling in global health.

Major German media outlets have endorsed these projects for publication, among those are: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Correctiv, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Spiegel Online, Deutschlandfunk, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Online (FAZ.NET) and Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS).

The winners of this second call of applications which ran between 23 November 2016 and 29 March 2017 were chosen because of their solid and coherent story ideas and their ability to connect these health-related topics to German policies or German aid activities on the ground.

The new grantees will join a boot camp training on 27-28 June 2017 in Hamburg, where they will meet fellow grantees from the last Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) call and learn from top-level media practitioners. They will work on the development of their stories, learn about leveraging multimedia storytelling techniques and develop publication strategies aimed at achieving the best possible public impact. As part of the programme, the grantees will also attend the News Impact Summit, organised by the European Journalism Centre in cooperation with the Google News Lab.

The EJC will open brand new calls for applications in the coming weeks. Journalists and media organisations interested in applying for one of the upcoming calls can sign up to our mailing list to be notified of the funding opportunities.

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These are the winning projects:

Project name: The impact of rising NCDs on elderly and dementia care in India
Team: Martina Merten
Description: This article series describes the rise of chronic diseases in India as an effect of the increased number of elder people. The story explores the consequences of the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), notably dementia, in a country that massively lacks affordable health-care facilities for those patients while traditional family structures are often dissolving. With the help of the German government organisation GIZ, India has established a health insurance for the poor which might also cover NCD care in the future. Could this become a model for other countries?
Project location: India
Media outlets: Deutsche Welle, Deutsches Ärzteblatt
Budget: € 14,420

Project name: How failed public healthcare systems can be replaced
Team: Katharina Nickoleit (project lead), Christian Nusch
Description: In many developing countries, health-care is not accessible for all the citizens. In this scenario, people often try to help themselves and volunteer health workers try to fill the gaps. This series of radio features casts a spotlight on the state of health-care systems in developing countries and has a closer look on possible solutions. It compares the experiences on two different continents and examines if nonprofit, yet sustainable charity based health-care works - in these cases with the support of German NGO’s or the German development bank KfW - and how feasible it is to implement a health insurance.
Project locations: Kenya, Bolivia
Media outlet: WDR, Rheinpfalz am Sonntag
Budget: € 15,700

Project name: Silicosis - the silent killer
Team: Petra Sorge (project lead), Julia Anjuli Wadhawan, Sunaina Kumar
Description: In unprotected marble and sandstone mines around the world workers are threatened with silicosis, a disease caused by dust which destroys the lungs. Silicosis is not curable and always fatal. In India, about ten million mine workers are affected. This project reports about the conditions causing the illness and the fates of the affected miners. It investigates why there is hardly any research done by scientists, why many doctors improperly treat silicosis as tuberculosis, and finally if German stone importers are aware of the disease as an effect of mining. The clusters exploring this topic will be published in print, online and broadcasting outlets, and the combined findings will be presented in a multimedia report.
Project location: India
Media outlets: Correctiv, Deutschlandradio, Welt-Sichten
Budget: € 13,350

Project name: Prostheses - what changes brings 3D technology?
Team: Jelca Kollatsch (project lead), Benjamin Breitegger
Description: While in Germany, a high-end prosthesis can cost 25,000€, it is less than 200€ in developing countries. Instead of diabetes, traffic accidents are often the major cause of amputations, and in Uganda's North survivors from landmine accidents often lack an adequate treatment. East Africa’s most important training centre for orthopedic technicians was funded with German government aid. Still, only a small fraction of the people in need of prosthetic limbs can afford them. This reporting project is investigating the options for 3D technology to change this situation in the future and it is looking into developments in 3D technology with regards to orthopaedics in Germany."
Project locations: Germany, Uganda, Tanzania
Media outlet: Spiegel Online
Budget: € 15,872

Project name: Tuberculosis in India
Team: Claudia Doyle (project lead), Mathias Tertilt
Description: Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a major health problem in India. The "German Doctors" have been fighting tuberculosis for over thirty years in the slums of Kolkata. To be more effective, they have also been cooperating with local healers. This reporting project explores the German and Indian efforts to stop TB. It investigates the research being done by scientists in India and worldwide, focusing on the development of new drugs, faster diagnosis and, ultimately, a vaccine.
Project locations: India, Germany
Media outlets: Deutschlandfunk, FAZ.NET
Budget: € 14,060

Project name: Fighting Africa‘s Brain Drain
Team: Moritz Pompl
Description: The loss of qualified healthcare workers is threatening Africa‘s population. In a TV documentary and radio features, this project describes how German NGO’s are fighting against the current brain drain and how they struggle to provide a minimum of healthcare to the local population in countries like Ghana and Cameroon. The reports investigate why about 50 percent of Ghana‘s medical students leave their country.
Project locations: Germany, Ghana, Cameroon
Media outlet: Bayerischer Rundfunk
Budget: € 15,633

Project name: On equal levels? Fighting disabilities in Tanzania
Team: Julia Gross (project lead), Eliza Powell
Description: Taking the examples of different projects around the problem of clubfeet in Tanzania, this project examines which interventions have proved to have a sustainable impact over the last two decades and at what cost. It also explores whether the concept of "equal partners" in the knowledge exchange of German and Tanzanian doctors has stood up to reality.
Project location: Tanzania
Media outlet: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS)
Budget: € 12,758


Note to editors:

The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme was launched in January 2013 by the EJC with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project aims to reward quality journalism and advance a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage through awarding funding to a selection of state-of-the-art reporting projects of great impact and high visibility. Since 2013 the programme granted funding to 140 projects.

In 2015 the EJC launched a special edition of the IDR grant programme aimed at supporting long term global development coverage. Four major European news organisations (Spiegel Online, Welt/N24, Dagens Nyheter, De Correspondent) were each awarded grants worth €150.000.

In 2016 the EJC launched another special edition: the “Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for Germany”. This edition aims to advance a better coverage of international health, health policy and development related issues by supporting the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences in Germany. The programme will continue throughout 2017 with several rounds of application.

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is a non-profit international foundation with the remit to improve, strengthen, and underpin journalism and the news media. This mission has two main aspects: On the one hand, it is about safeguarding, enhancing, and future-proofing quality journalism in Europe and on the other hand, it is about supporting initiatives towards press freedom in emerging and developing countries. This often includes creating the framework conditions for independent and self-determined journalism in the first place. To these ends, the EJC provides thematic training, professional capacity development, and a wide range of support activities for journalists.

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