Global Health NOW’s Local Reporting Initiative: Storytelling at the Source
Sharing underreported global health stories has always been a top priority for Global Health NOW—and now our Local Reporting Initiative gives us the ideal platform. With generous support from GHN readers, we’re building up a network of journalists around the world to tell global health stories with a local’s keen eye—reporting on stories overlooked and undercovered by the mainstream media, straight from the countries affected, while supporting international journalists.
We’re pleased to share our first exclusive stories under the initiative, by talented writers from Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa:
The World Health Assembly: What It Does, Why It Matters – By Priti Patnaik, May 16, 2022
Each May, representatives from the 194 member states of the WHO gather in Geneva to discuss, argue, haggle, and sign off on the agency’s priorities and policies.
The high-stakes gathering is called the World Health Assembly, and it’s the premier decision-making body of the WHO.
Read this primer to learn what happens at the WHA, why it’s important, and who the players are.
Priti Patnaik is the founding editor of Geneva Health Files, a weekly investigative newsletter that tracks power and politics in global health. She is based in Geneva.
As Population Climbs, Hygiene Suffers in Slums – By Dominic Kirui, March 23, 2022
- Mary Ndira, who has a raw sewage drain running through her doorstep, knows that the water in her crowded village isn’t safe. But in Kenya’s Kibera slum, government water and sanitation services can’t keep up with the surging population–-leaving residents like Ndira little choice but to drink water they know is making their families sick. Kirui, a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya, writes on gender, climate change, access to clean water, food security, culture, conflict, politics, and global development. See his portfolio here https://muckrack.com/dominic-kirui and Twitter: @Domie_Kirui.
Dominic Kirui, a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya, writes on gender, climate change, access to clean water, food security, culture, conflict, politics, and global development. See his portfolio here https://muckrack.com/dominic-kirui and Twitter: @Domie_Kirui.
In Zimbabwe, COVID-19 Vaccine Mistrust Stokes HPV Vaccination Fears – By Farai Mutsaka, March 24, 2022
As Zimbabwe gradually returns to the normal school calendar, health authorities are looking to scale up HPV vaccination again. But they face a new challenge: creeping mistrust in vaccines caused by misinformation spread on social media. Esther Sambiri, 16, a volunteer health communicator in the eastern district of Nyanga, has made it her mission to dispel such rumors. While her peers spend their free time hanging out with friends, she’s going door-to-door talking about HPV vaccination.
Farai Mutsaka is a Harare, Zimbabwe-based journalist.
Strapped for Time and Resources: Fighting Stroke in Rural South Africa – By Elsabé Brits, February 3, 2022
- With a stroke, minutes can mean the difference between death and life—and the odds are stacked against survival for many people who live in rural South Africa, where ambulances, stroke specialists, diagnostic tools, and treatments are all scarce.
Elsabé Brits is a freelance science writer from South Africa.
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