Zim journalist wins international award


Former NewZimbabwe.com Harare correspondent Phyllis Mbanje is one of the winners of this year’s Global Health Reporting Contest which is run by the US-based International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ).

Mbanje and five other winners from Brazil, Cameroon, China, India and Russia will be honoured later this year at an awards dinner in the US during a ten-day visit which will see them visit Washington D.C. and Atlanta for meetings with global health experts.

ICFJ said the winning entries were selected from more than more 150 submissions.

“They produced riveting stories, from profiles of pregnant women living in the heart of the Zika epidemic in Brazil to health workers traveling on bikes to distribute medicines in Cameroon,” said ICFJ in a statement.

Mbanje, who now works for Alpha Media, said she was humbled to be named among the winners.

Her entries included the story, “Giving Birth in ‘Exile’ After Tokwe-Mukosi Disaster,” which describes the challenges faced by pregnant women and children living in transit camps two years after flooding forced at least 20,000 people from their homes.

In “To Legalise Abortion or Improve Access to Contraceptives,” she explores this controversial issue for Zimbabweans.

Indian winner Rohan Singh investigated his country’s efforts to improve health and living conditions for its swelling population while from Russian Daria Sarkisyan’s “Eternal Question: What is the Most Effective Birth Control?” offers audiences a detailed perspective on modern contraception strategies.

Brazil-based investigative reporter Mariana Barros produced a three-part TV series named “Diary of an Epidemic” in which she takes an intimate look at the lives of pregnant women as they face the uncertainty and challenges of the Zika epidemic.

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