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20 under-reported stories about global health we will support this year

Introducing the latest grantees of our Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for Germany and France

In the past months, the development of the COVID-19 crisis has shone a spotlight on the importance of global health reporting. When done well, it is key to raising awareness about global health issues among the general public, and to informing influencers and decision makers in government, civil society, industry, and science.

To increase the scope and depth of global health reporting, our team at the European Journalism Centre is proud to award 20 projects that will use these reporting grants to advance the coverage of international health, health policy and development issues in German and French media.

The COVID-19 crisis raises many reporting challenges for journalists as they adhere to stay-at-home guidelines and travel bans. To this end, we have extended the reporting deadline for these grants. We are working closely with all grantees to provide generous flexibility in terms of project scope and budgets. In some cases, we will work with grantees to help them produce alternative stories of comparable impact and quality.

By the time these programmes are finished, the EJC will have funded 85 journalism projects, distributing a total sum of one million euros. We are excited to see the latest projects come to life and congratulate all grantees and their teams.

These are the selected journalists and their stories:

Winning projects

Enemies around the operating table

Burundi, one of the poorest countries of the world, is still struggling to emerge from a more than 12-year ethnic civil war but for Deo, a local doctor, his country is a nation of hope. He trains former enemies to become doctors and nurses. In his hospital they stand side by side on the operating table where they work together to save lives.

Team

Julia Amberger, Jonas Wresch

Project locations

Burundi

Media outlets

SWR, STERN, Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Budget

€15,010.00

The road to Universal Health-Care

Universal Health Coverage is a simple idea: Everyone should be able to access the health services they need, without suffering financial hardship. However, how can developing countries achieve such a goal?

Team

Michele Bertelli, Felix Lill, Javier Sauras

Project locations

Bolivia & Sierra Leone

Media outlets

Frankfurter Rundschau, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Augsburger Allgemeine, Rheinpfalz, Neues Deutschland

Budget

€15,999.00

On the Frontline: The daily struggle of female community health workers

The power to improve global health is in the hands of community health workers, but the WHO warns of an immediate shortfall - what are these women's daily challenges and what are sustainable solutions?

Team

Benjamin Breitegger, Juliane Nagiller

Project locations

Liberia, Zambia, Nepal

Media outlets

NDR, Fluter.de

Budget

€15,505.00

Kenneth's Fight

The world talks about COVID-19, HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, but every year a virus kills more than a million people in silence: hepatitis - although it could be contained worldwide. Uganda is leading the way.

Team

Isabelle Buckow, Frauke Huber

Project locations

Uganda

Media outlets

Der Tagesspiegel, stern Gesund Leben, REPORTAGEN

Budget

€15,687.00

Leaving a mark - is Global Health finally becoming a viable business model for the Western life sciences sector?

Can German companies come up with a fair and viable business model for Global Health - and do they want to?

Team

Julia Gross, Martin Laqua

Project locations

Germany, Austria, India, two of the following countries: Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar

Media outlets

Euro am Sonntag (weekly), Euro (monthly) transkript (quarterly)

Budget

€14,684.00

While women die - How a global anti-abortion movement worsens the dramatic abortion situation in Nigeria

According to the WHO, Nigeria accounts for almost twenty percent of global maternal deaths, one reason being: unsafe abortions. The project follows local activists who persist and educate about reproductive health, provide contraception and post-abortion care and fight to end Nigeria’s abortion crisis.

Team

Paul Hildebrandt, Birte Mensing

Project locations

Nigeria, Germany

Media outlets

Taz am Wochenende, Deutschlandfunkkultur, Weltzeit, Chrismon

Budget

€13,820.00

Secret Rescue - Remote research on West African island helps to stop international diseases

The remote conditions of some West African islands lead to specific health problems but research there helps to not only stop local but international diseases.

Team

Julia Jaroschewski

Project locations

Guinea-Bissau

Media outlets

Deutschlandradio - long radio feature

Budget

€11,090.00

A World of Difference - The Dangers of Incomplete Genom Research

Current genetic research is dangerously incomplete or worse, mistaken. African, Asian or Hispanic populations are largely excluded from research for disease detection, prevention and treatment. The new push to create more diverse biobanks in Africa and Asia is overdue.

Team

Nicole Macheroux-Denault, Tim Wege, Robin Denault.

Project locations

India, South Africa, Burkina Faso or Kenya, maybe Germany

Media outlets

Vox Nachrichten (TV Story 7 minutes), RTL Nachtjournal (current affairs story 3 minutes)

Budget

€20,203.00

Nigerias cough syrup epidemic

Fuelled by corruption and political ignorance, Nigeria is facing a hidden opioid-crisis - entire clinics have been set up for the battle against codeine-containing cough syrup.

Team

Christian Putsch, Sam Olukoya, Andrew Esiebo

Project locations

Nigeria

Media outlets

WELT am SONNTAG, www.welt.de

Budget

€14,650.00

Life Without Kidneys: How ready is Africa for the imminent NCD crisis?

An exploration of the kind of innovative thinking that will be needed to address the WHO's prediction that non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease will be the leading cause of death in Africa by 2030.

Team

Nyani Quarmyne, Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt

Project locations

eSwatini, South Africa

Media outlets

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Deutsche Welle

Budget

€14,795.00

The cancer gap

New treatments against cancer often only reach industrial nations, developing countries, in contrast, are falling behind.

Team

Astrid Viciano, Michele Catanzaro

Project locations

India , Kenya

Media outlets

STERN's health magazine

Budget

€15,860.00

The children of Chiquimula

In Guatemala, severe malnutrition perpetuates one of the highest rates of stunted children in the world - and climate change is making the situation even worse.

Team

Malte Werner, José García Escobar, Victoria Castañeda Ríos, Daniel van Moll

Project locations

Guatemala

Media outlets

Der Tagesspiegel am Sonntag, Agencia Ocote

Budget

€13,950.00

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