Application Deadline: September 14th 2015
Malaria kills roughly 584,000 people a year, predominantly children under the age of five, even though it’s a treatable and preventable disease. Malaria is the deadliest and costliest disease in human history, and one of the few major global diseases that we can end in our lifetime.
Recognizing the need to cover this important issue, The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Malaria No More have launched “Covering the Fight to Eradicate Malaria: A Fellowship for U.S. and Global Journalists.”
- Thailand has been a successful model for the fight against malaria. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Thailand has experienced a 70 percent decrease in reported malaria cases between 2000 and 2011, from 78,561 cases to 24,897 cases. However, migration, and a rise in drug resistance are challenging the country’s goal to eliminate malaria from 80 percent of the country by 2020 and threaten to undermine progress across the region.
Criteria for applications:
* Journalists based in the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe who work full-time for a local or international news outlet (print, online, and/or broadcast).
* Applicants must propose at least one story idea covering malaria and related topics (though they will not be required to write about the proposed idea).
* Fluency in English is required.
* Written commitment or letter of intent from employer to publish at least one story after the tour.
* Written commitment from applicant to participate in the full program set for Oct. 25-31, 2015 (and necessary travel days).
*Applications are due September 14, 2015.
- The program will allow five U.S. journalists and four global journalists (from Africa, Asia and Europe) to travel to Thailand for a five-day study tour focusing on the causes, treatments, prevention and impact of malaria in Asia and around the globe
- During the tour, participants will conduct site visits to clinics and treatment centers, attend briefings with health officials and disease experts, hear from organizations working to eliminate the disease and meet with local journalists covering the issue.
- Participants will be expected to produce stories based on the information gathered and contacts made during the tour.
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