Governance Now journalist wins TB reporting award

Special correspondent Sonal Matharu’s reportage on tuberculosis has won the prestigious REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Award for 2015.

GN Bureau | March 23, 2016


#media   #health ministry   #governance   #journalism   #health   #TB   #REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Award  
Sonal Matharu receives the award
Sonal Matharu receives the award

Special correspondent Sonal Matharu’s incisive reportage on how tuberculosis and silicosis are silently killing people in a Jharkhand village (published in the December 1 issue of Governance Now) has won her the prestigious REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Award for 2015.

Sonal reported how the state-run programmes are running short of expectations to deal with tuberculosis cases in a village where people mostly work in dust-raising industries.

R Prasad of The Hindu also received the award for TB reporting in English language for his report on child-friendly, fixed dose combination (FDC) drugs for TB.

In the local language category, the awards were presented to Reji Joseph of Rashtriya Deepika (Malayalam) and Prashant Dubey of Subah Sawere (Hindi).

Instituted in 2010, the REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Awards highlight the role played by media in giving voice to the persons living with TB.

Speaking on the occasion, Anshu Prasad, joint secretary, ministry of health, said that the growing number of first time TB patients who are drug resistant is the biggest challenge for Indian agencies.

“The DR-TB challenge is much bigger than HIV- which has somehow positioned itself in the media to get enough attention. TB has not been able to do that,” he said.

Prakash said though the incidence of TB in India in last decade has halved; it is still the largest killer. Besides, he said, if India does not deal with drug resistant TB, the world will never be able to eliminate the bacteria induced disease.

The awards were presented by Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary of the STOP TB Partnership.

Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, mission director, USAID India, and Nalini Krishnan, director REACH, were also present at the award ceremony on Tuesday.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Covid norms relaxed; Mumbai restaurants, shops to remain open longer

After extending timings of shops and restaurants as well as the reopening of cinema halls and theatres under specified SOPs from October 22, in view of the festive cheer, the Maharashtra government has allowed restaurants and eateries to remain open till 12AM and shops and establishments to function till 1

Global Hunger Index data collection flawed: Arvind Panagariya

Rubbishing the recently released Global Hunger Index 2021, wherein India has slipped to 101 position to be placed below Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, Arvind Panagariya, professor of economics at Columbia University and former vice chairman, NITI Aayog, has said that data collection and methodologies used

‘Blue Zones’ concept of healthy living and its relevance in India

A long life span free from diseases and disability, the so-called healthy aging, has been a matter of prime interest to humanity. It is widely held that the life expectancy is a function of interplay between various genetic and environmental factors. There is scientific evidence to support the fact that on

Motilal Nehru too had petitioned for release of his son: Vikram Sampath

Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s statement, that Mahatma Gandhi had asked V.D. Savarkar to file a mercy petition before the British, has ignited a debate. Vikram Sampath, a historian and author of a recent biography of Savarkar, says two weeks after Jawaharlal Nehru was lodged in Nabha jail, his

Gati Shakti: The National Master Plan

The launch of the Gati Shakti master plan will be a booster dose for India growth story. The plan, as the name indicates, will ensure Gati, i.e., speed and Shakti, i.e., empowerment to the ₹1 trillion national infrastructure pipeline. The plan will break inter-ministerial silos. For examp

Centre misusing probe agencies for political gains: Pawar

Hitting back at the central government in a strongly worded attack, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has said Bhartiya Janata Party is misusing central investigative agencies for political benefits. “Central agencies including ED, CBI and NCB are being used for polit

Visionary Talk with Dr Arvind Panagariya, Professor, Columbia University & Former VC, NITI Aayog



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter