Martina Merten



Martina Merten works as a specialized journalist and health consultant in Berlin, Germany. Her articles have been published by various trade and consumer publishers [British Medical Journal Group/BMJ; Deutscher Ärzteverlag/Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Springer Medizin Verlag/Ärzte Zeitung, taz Verlags und Vertriebs GmbH/taz, Axel Springer/Welt and Deutsche Welle].

Merten has done on the ground research in more than 16 countries – with a focus on developing countries and emerging nations like China, Philippines, Vietnam, India and Pakistan – most of them thanks to grants of “The European Journalism Center”, “The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting”, “The Kellen Fellowships”, “The International Journalists’ Programmes”, “The Heinz-Kühn Foundation” and “Journalists.Network”.

From 2014 to 2017 Merten worked as a correspondent in the Berlin office of the German Medical Daily. Beforehand she was filling the position as a social and health editor at the German Medical Journal – the largest specialized Medical Journal (circulation: 400.000) in Germany.

Since 2013 she also teaches global health at the Institute for Social Medicine,

Epidemiology and Health Economics at the Charité University Medical Center and comparative healthcare systems and global health at the CIEE Global Institute Berlin. Every now and then she supports the German International Cooperation (GIZ) as a health expert and gives media support to various companies in Berlin.

Merten holds a Master in political science, constitutional-, social- and economic history and in public

international law from Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn.

Funded projects

The Impact Of Rising NCDs On Elderly And Dementia Care In India

The story explores the consequences of the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), notably dementia, in India. The country massively lacks affordable health-care facilities for those patients.

Risky Genes: Births Defects through Cousin Marriages in Pakistan

Intermarriages are still common tradition in rural Pakistan. According to a latest UK study, high levels of cousin marriages within Pakistani communities doubled the risk of birth defects.

Psychological disorders caused by webcam child sex tourism

Webcam Child Sex Tourism-WCST is a growing crime. The Philippines has turned into the world's biggest source of live-stream sexual abuse. This project explores the severe psychological trauma which child victims of WCST experience.