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Trial suggests malaria sickness could be cut by 70%

Trial suggests malaria sickness could be cut by 70%

A new approach to protecting young African children from malaria could reduce deaths and illness from the disease by 70%, a study suggests. Giving them vaccines before the worst season in addition to preventative drugs produced “very striking” results, London researchers say. The trial followed 6,000 children aged under 17 months in Burkina Faso and …

What to know when reporting on the delta variant

What to know when reporting on the delta variant

The global fight against COVID-19 is far from over. As the pandemic continues, the delta variant presents a new wave of challenges and further emphasizes the importance of redoubling efforts to combat the virus. If you are reporting on this more contagious variant’s impact on people around the world, Peter van Heusden, a bioinformatician at the South …

8 worldwide journalism opportunities to apply to in September

8 worldwide journalism opportunities to apply to in September

With September quickly approaching, many are ready for a fresh start, and eager to find new opportunities. Check out these fellowships, festivals and grant applications with deadlines next month. Each opportunity is open to journalists globally. Human rights film festival  Deadline: September 3, 2021 Documentary filmmakers who focus on human rights can submit their work to …

Some 5,522 tested positive for malaria in Adaklu up June

Out of 13,237 people who were tested for suspected malaria cases in the Adaklu district between January and June, this year, 5,522 tested positive. During the same period in 2020, 8,721 people were tested and 3,490 tested positive. Mr. Robert Bedie, Adaklu District Malaria Focal Person disclosed this at a one-day Malaria Community Sensitization Intervention …

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 …