HIV, TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases: An International Infectious Disease Reporting Contest awards on-the-ground views of harm reduction, co-infection, living in sickness and silence, and more

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ReportingContestWinnersA nurse and a drug dealer make a deal to get clean needles to injecting drug users in a Tanzania slum, confronting HIV and TB where they thrive. The result is powerful, and the story of how and why they work together, The Street of Blood and Smoke, gives an in-depth, inspiring, and informative look at harm reduction in action.

A pregnant Ugandan woman with HIV seeks antiretroviral treatment, but is afraid to tell her child’s father that she has the virus that leads to AIDS. Her experiences shown in A Woman’s Tale of Living With HIV give a glimpse of obstacles that often go unmentioned in “success stories.”

A Ugandan clinic confronts the doubled danger of malaria and HIV co-infection among children and pregnant women in Malaria Co-infections: A Great Danger!

In the Ukraine, HIV and tuberculosis infections continue to rise, the drivers unaddressed by international funding as revealed in the Radio France report Les Maladies Infectieuses en Ukraine.

And in Kenya, neglected diseases devastate communities in silence. Kenya Joins Global Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases starkly tells the story of the human toll of this neglect.

These stories were the winners of an international contest for infectious disease reporting, sponsored by the International Center for Journalists in Washington, DC, and the Lagos, Nigeria-based African Health Journalists Association. Judged by an international panel of global health journalists — of which the editor and writer of this blog was one — the contest was launched to both inspire and support reporting on the health issues that have the greatest impacts on life quality and duration in countries hard hit by HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected parasitic diseases and other infectious illnesses, and funded by the New Venture Fund, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

ICFJ, which supports health journalism, and other specialized reporting around the world with its Knight Fellowship Program, and the African Health Journalists Association, which supports health journalism organizations and journalists across the continent, have first hand knowledge of the challenges confronting coverage of sickness and scientific responses around the world. Health stories are hard sells for editors. In the places where health journalism is critically needed to highlight both the conditions fueling such diseases as HIV, TB, and malaria, and the effectiveness of donor responses, reporting resources are scarce. That goes for the U.S. as well as Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.

So stay tuned — contest winners, who also submitted proposals for infectious diseases reporting projects each will receive reporting grants up to $10,000 dollars, and support to plan and carry out their work.

The winners were:

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