Global Health Reporting Trip to Zambia

By Catherine de Lange | July 11, 2013 | Zambia

A couple of weeks ago, I found out that I have been selected to travel to Zambia in July with the International Reporting Project as one in a group of ten journalists. I’m really excited about the trip, and thrilled to be sharing the experience with what promises to be a really diverse and interesting peer group.On the trip, I’ll be researching issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in Zambia.

As usual, I’ll be focusing on the health/science aspect, but also on women’s issues. We will travel to urban and rural sites where I’m planning on meeting researchers, NGO and volunteers who are working to address some of the endemic problems around these diseases, for instance the problems surrounding HIV/TB co-infection, the challenges of delivering drugs to hard-to-reach areas, mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and drug resistance. I’ll also be looking for stories on the use of innovative technologies for healthcare.

In the next few weeks, and during the trip, I’ll be blogging here and posting on social media. I’m also on the look-out for story ideas, so do get if you know of interesting developments, projects, or scientists in the area. During the trip I’ll also be blogging science careers content at the Naturejobs blog, and reporting as much as possible, including audio stories and video. Any tips on good kit to take with me most welcome, as well as local knowledge and recommendations please!

Oh and in case you’re wondering, The IRP is based at Johns Hopkins University and provides opportunities to journalists to go overseas to do international reporting on critical issues that are under covered in the U.S. news media. The program was created in 1998, making it a pioneer in the “non-profit journalism” movement that seeks to fill the gap left by much of the mainstream media’s reduction of international news. The IRP has provided opportunities to more than 330 U.S. journalists to travel to more than 90 countries to produce prize-winning stories, and the program is funded entirely by private, non-partisan foundations and individuals who believe in the importance of in-depth international coverage in the U.S. media. I highly recommend checking out their fellowships if you’re interested in a similar opportunity.

Oh and one last thing – we’ll all be using the hashtag #ZambiaHeath during the trip, so follow along for updates.

Catherine de Lange is traveling to Zambia in 2013 on a reporting trip with the International Reporting Project. This post originally appeared on Catherine's website, Catherine de Lange.


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