Posted on : May 14, 2018

MSF (Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontiers) has announced it’s annual fellowship, The MSF Media Fellowship 2018 that’s aimed at journalists who wish to report on issues related to access to essential medicines as a public health concern.

The core focus of this year’s fellowship will  be cross-national coverage on access to life-saving medicines focusing on India and South Africa.

The month long MSF Media Fellowship will fully fund reporting assignments for a journalist who can demonstrate the potential for incisive and original reporting on public health and medical humanitarian issues that are concerns for MSF.

It is open to professional journalists, including freelancers, working in print, television or digital media in India.

The organisation will also provide access to MSF field work, advocacy and research material to the fellow.

Inspiration for the issue comes from MSF’s advocacy  for the development of more effective and affordable medicines to improve access to and the development of life-saving and life prolonging medicines, diagnostic tests and vaccines for patients in MSF programmes and beyond.Two major challenges to healthcare access for patients are the high cost of medicines and the absence of appropriate treatments for many diseases including HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis C and neglected diseases including Chagas disease, sleeping sickness and kala azar.

MSF believes safeguarding and strengthening policies that protect India’s production and export of generic medicines is crucial in ensuring that developing countries across the world continue to have access to affordable generic medicines. To learn more about the fellowship click here : https://samarthan.in/grant/msf-india-media-fellowship-2018/