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Journalists trained in reporting on TB

Chennai, January 20, 2017: Journalists from across India, all recipients of the REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Fellowship Programme, attended an orientation workshop held in Chennai last week. The Fellowship Programme, now in its seventh year, is intended to support journalists to improve the quality and frequency of media reporting on TB.

Ten Fellowships were awarded under the Local Language Programme and one under the National Fellowship Programme. This year’s Fellows came from diverse publications, including Dhar News, Dainik Janabhumi, Hindustan, Patrika and People’s Samachar, from different parts of India like Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, and New Delhi. One Fellow was awarded the National Media Fellowship, 2017.

All the 11 fellows attended the interactive workshop, which was organized to help them enhance their health journalism skills and knowledge of TB and was facilitated over by Senior Public Health Expert, Dr. Jaya Shreedhar. TB experts Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, Executive Director, REACH (Resource Group for Education and Advocacy for Community Health), Dr. Suresh Varadarajan, Associate Professor, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Dr. Priyakanta Nayak, Senior Medical Officer, REACH, Dr. Karikalan, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis and Ms Anupama Srinivasan, Deputy Project Director, REACH, spoke to the Fellows on different issues pertaining to Tuberculosis like TB and Diabetes, Drug Resistant TB, Social Determinants of TB, and TB Diagnosis. REACH also facilitated an interactive session between TB patients and the Fellows, to help journalists understand the personal experience of the disease as well as the need for sensitive and ethical reporting. The Fellows will be reporting on Tuberculosis between January and April to bring out the ground-level issues of TB.

The Local Language Media Fellowship Programme for regional journalists, a byproduct of the REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Initiative, was initiated in 2010 to improve the quality and frequency of reporting on one of the deadliest diseases plaguing our country. In the year 2013, REACH started the National Media Fellowship Programme for English and Hindi language journalists.

Every year, after a rigorous screening and evaluation process, at least ten Fellowships are awarded to mid-career journalists to explore locally relevant TB-related issues. Along with the workshop to improve their knowledge on TB, the Fellows have access to a range of resources on TB as well as continued mentoring through the Fellowship process.

On returning to their newsrooms, Fellows are encouraged to travel within their states or districts, learning about the specific TB scenario there, meeting those whose lives have been affected by TB and identifying the stories they wish to tell. All Fellows receive financial assistance to support their travel and research expenses. Over a period of three months, Fellows are responsible for researching and writing a minimum of three high-quality, in-depth stories on a TB-related theme or issue.

The workshop was held at Regenta Central Deccan Hotel, Chennai on 19-20 January, 2017.

REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Fellowship Programme

Recipients, 2016-17

S.No

Name

Association

Designation

Based in

1

Amitabh Pandey

Dainik Jansandesh

Principal Correspondent

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

2

Anjali Rai

Patrika

Senior Reporter

Raipur, Chhatisgarh

3

Feroz Haider Rizvi

Hindustan

Chief copy-editor

Gorakhpur,

Uttar Pradesh

4

Rajesh Navale

Dhar News

Reporter

Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

5

Rakhi Ghosh

Samaya Newspaper

Freelancer

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

6

Saroj Ranjan Patnaik

Progress

Secretary

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

7

Sarvagya Purohit

Dhar News

Reporter

Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

8

Seema Mohanlal C.

Deepika

Editor-in-Charge

Kottayam, Kerala

9

Sneha Khare

People’s Samachar

Senior Reporter

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

10

Utpal Bhagawati

Dainik Janabhumi

Senior Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Assam

National Media Fellow 2017

1

Karnika Bahuguna

Down To Earth Magazine

Correspondent

New Delhi

Photo story series ‘Voices of TB Heroes’ essays lives of TB survivors

It is a widely known fact that despite being curable, Tuberculosis kills over 1000 people every day in India – the country which bears the highest burden of the disease. According to the Global TB Report for 2016 that was released last month, India continues to bear the world’s highest burden of TB, with 2.8 million people affected by the disease last year.

But TB is not just about numbers; it is about the struggles, battles, and victories of those affected by TB. In our latest initiative – a series called ‘Voices of TB Heroes’, we have tried to document the lives of those affected most by TB including people who are on treatment as well as TB survivors. All photographs and stories are being shared after obtaining full consent and we are very grateful to all those who agreed to share their stories.

We have also tried to capture the stories of our TB heroes, who have volunteered to be a part of the fight against TB and have prioritized communities over their personal interests in an effort to be the change.

You can check out the entire series on our blog here.