Archive for July, 2021

After Covid jab, BioNTech sets sights on malaria vaccine

After Covid jab, BioNTech sets sights on malaria vaccine

Germany’s BioNTech, which developed a coronavirus vaccine with US giant Pfizer in record time, said Monday it aimed to start trialling a malaria vaccine next year using the same breakthrough mRNA technology. If successful, the vaccine could be a crucial step in the fight against the mosquito-borne disease, which kills more than 400,000 people a …

National Press Foundation offers fellowship on covering rare diseases [Worldwide]

National Press Foundation offers fellowship on covering rare diseases [Worldwide]

Journalists around the world can apply for this fellowship and a US$3,000 reporting grant. The National Press Foundation (NPF) is offering an online fellowship on covering rare diseases. Twenty fellows will be selected for the program. The program includes online briefings from top world experts in rare diseases, diagnostics, massive parallel genomic sequencing, artificial intelligence and medical ethics. …

Engaging women in the news is vital for media outlets

Engaging women in the news is vital for media outlets

Millions of young women around the world have shared stories about how they don’t see themselves reflected in the news, feeling like they don’t exist. The 2021 Reuters Institute Digital News report, released last month, has revealed the shocking challenge that news organizations face with young female audiences. On a global scale, they are significantly less …

Thomson Foundation hosts journalism competition [Worldwide]

Thomson Foundation hosts journalism competition [Worldwide]

Journalists ages 30 and younger working in developing countries can compete for this award. The Thomson Foundation is organizing the 2021 Young Journalist Award, in partnership with the Foreign Press Association (FPA). In previous years, three finalists were flown to London for the gala award night. If traveling is restricted by late November, finalists will be honored in other ways. Journalists working in countries …

Using technology to deal with fake medication – mPharma sets the pace

Using technology to deal with fake medication – mPharma sets the pace

Players in the health sector are being urged to adopt technology in sourcing medication directly from manufacturers. This is one of the means to deal with counterfeit and substandard drugs, which is killing thousands in Africa. Managing Director of mPharma-Ghana, Emmanuel Agyei, said vigilance of professionals in the sector and adoption of modern tools are …

ARHR calls for the submission of abstracts on malaria research and interventions

ARHR calls for the submission of abstracts on malaria research and interventions

The Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR), has called for the submission of abstracts on malaria research and interventions to be presented at the up-coming Malaria Research Conference to be held in September 2021. In a statement issued in Accra, the Alliance requested that the abstracts from research and academic institutions, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), …

Human rights film festival accepting entries [Worldwide]

Human rights film festival accepting entries [Worldwide]

Documentarians are invited to submit their films on human rights. The Watch Docs Festival, organized by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, will take place Dec. 3 to 10 in Warsaw, Poland. Entries must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2020. All submissions must be submitted in English or Polish or with English subtitles. The winners will …

7 worldwide journalism opportunities to apply to in July

7 worldwide journalism opportunities to apply to in July

Anew month upcoming means a new set of opportunities for journalists around the world to apply to. Check out these contests, awards and fellowships with deadlines next month. Each opportunity is open to journalists worldwide. Environmental journalism award Deadline: July 1, 2021 News organizations that provide young audiences with information and hope for saving the …

Simple blood tests may help prevent inaccuracy in the diagnosis of severe malaria

Using simple blood tests could help researchers identify children who have been misidentified as having severe malaria, according to a study published today in eLife. Researchers are working to develop better ways to treat severe malaria, which kills about 400,000 children in Africa each year. The discovery could help expedite such research by helping them more …