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

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

How blockchain will shake up the Afghan healthcare sector

In Afghanistan, the development of blockchain technology could stem fake drugs traffic and improve patient monitoring.

Team

Manuel Alaver

Project locations

Afghanistan, France

Media outlets

Capital.fr

Budget

€5,075.00

A better treatment for African people thanks to their DNA

While Black Africans make up 17% of the world population, in scientific studies on genetics, they only account for 2% of the collected samples. This project looks at initiatives born in Africa in order to address this imbalance.

Team

Cécile Debarge

Project locations

Nigeria, Uganda, France, UK

Media outlets

Europe 1, RFI, WeDemain

Budget

€11,456.00

The poisoned children of Madagascar in mica mines

Mica is an ubiquitous heat-resistant mineral used in our makeup, in planes or cars and many consumer electronics. But on the ground, in Madagascar, those who mine mica are mostly children who work in deadly conditions to scavenge for this precious mineral.

Team

Alexandra Combe, Simon Carraud

Project locations

Madagascar

Media outlets

Le Magazine de la Santé, La Recherche

Budget

€17,616.00

India's killer snakes

In India, snakebites - one of the most overlooked tropical diseases - kill more than anywhere else. But the country's booming pharmaceutical industry could be an asset in the quest for antivenoms that are both reliable and affordable.

Team

Alexia Eychenne, Rozenn Le Saint

Project locations

India

Media outlets

Le Monde Diplomatique

Budget

€9,922.00

Inner Peace: The impact of trauma on conflict resolution

South Sudan has been caught in recurring conflicts for decades, this project explores how trauma and mental health issues inflicted by the violence on a large part of the population impact in turn conflict resolution, and draw lessons for peace-building.

Team

Melanie Gouby, Robin Hammond

Project locations

South Sudan, Uganda

Media outlets

M le magazine du Monde, Le Figaro

Budget

€19,400.00

Fighting maternal mortality: Senegal struggles to build bridges between modern medicine and traditions

To fight the scourge of maternal mortality, itinerant midwives go to remote areas, providing prenatal care, dealing with superstitions, making the link between modern medicine and traditions.

Team

Amandine Plougoulm, Margot Brunet

Project locations

Senegal

Media outlets

Le Point Afrique, Slate, Causette, Le Figaro Santé

Budget

€7,280.00

Street pharma

Deep dive into the maze of the pharmaceutical system in Togo, Ghana and Benin. Between resourcefulness, medication shortages, toxic drugs and innovative solutions.

Team

Philippe Pujol, Anne-Sophie Lebon

Project locations

France, Togo, Ghana, Benin

Media outlets

France Culture, Society, Sept.info

Budget

€18,800.00

Development of telemedicine in Madagascar to improve the daily life of sickle cell anemia patients

A story about a Franco-Malagasy NGO and a research laboratory of the Antananarivo Faculty of Medicine who developed an application to build a network of patient care and follow-up.

Team

Rouguyata Sall, Morgan Fache

Project locations

Madagascar

Media outlets

Usbek & Rica, Le Point Afrique

Budget

€9,470.00

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