14 Journalists Awarded Story Grants to Report on One Health Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region

A farmer carries a hose between rows of crops in a field covered in smoke
14 Journalists Awarded Story Grants to Report on One Health Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region

In 2023, more than 200 medical journals called on world leaders and health professionals to treat climate and environmental crises as a health emergency, with disastrous consequences if health and environmental issues were not seen as interconnected. 

In recent years, the COVID pandemic and emergent diseases such as monkey pox and western equine encephalitis have underscored these linkages, yet climate change and stressors like deforestation, biodiversity loss and bushmeat consumption continue to pose grave threats to public health. 

To raise public awareness and highlight intersectoral perspectives of researchers, health professionals, veterinarians, conservationists, and others, EJN, through its Asia-Pacific project, has awarded 14 journalists story grants to deepen their coverage of One Health issues. The selected grantees and their media outlets are:

  • Jeff Joseph Paul Kadicheeni, India (Himal Southasian) 
  • Hunain Ameen, Pakistan (ARY News) 
  • Gloria Fransisca Katharina Lawi, Indonesia (Prohealth.id) 
  • Suwandi, Indonesia (Kompas.com) 
  • Monika Mondal, India (The Wire) 
  • Aishwarya Tripathi, India (101Reporters) 
  • Deepa Padmanaban, India (independent journalist) 
  • Leila Mae Goldstein, Cambodia (CamboJA News) 
  • Ninik Yuniati, Indonesia (Kantor Berita Radio) 
  • Dinh Anh Thu, Vietnam (Tia Sang Magazine) 
  • Kamanthi Wickramasinghe, Sri Lanka (Daily Mirror) 
  • Ahmad Thovan Sugandi, Indonesia (DetikX) 
  • Gerardo Reyes Jr, Philippines (Palawan Daily News) 
  • Diwash Gahatraj, India (independent journalist)

Each grantee will be paired with an editorial mentor and thematic expert for support throughout the production process. Grantees will also take a new health journalism course, delivered via Whatsapp and produced by Internews’ Health Journalism Network and EJN, and will have opportunities for peer learning and exchange. 

Over the next several months journalists will report on a wide range of topics, including the health impacts of burning garments in brick kilns in Cambodia, pesticide use and accumulation of heavy metals on cardamom farms in India, the risk of disease transmission from animals to humans in bat guano harvesting communities in Vietnam, the links between dengue outbreaks and infrastructure development in Sri Lanka, and the growing threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis cases among Indigenous communities in Indonesia. 

“Human health is dependent on the health of animals and our planet. By supporting journalists to take a One Health approach to reporting, we hope to draw public attention to issues at the intersection of health and environment, and contribute to public demand for more holistic solutions,” said Amy Sim, EJN’s Asia-Pacific Regional Program Manager (Environment). 

Look out for the journalists’ stories on the EJN website later this year.

Banner image: A farmer waters crops behind his house amid smoke from peat fires in Indonesia / Credit: Aulia Erlangga for CIFOR.

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