Journalism Award Winners Focus on Drug Resistance in Latin America
Washington, D.C., August 17, 2011 (PAHO/WHO) - Three journalists whose reports examine the underlying causes of antimicrobial resistance in Latin America won the 2011 Latin American Health Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Red-Salud, the Communication Initiative, and the Imaginary Foundation.
This year’s contest honored journalistic reports that effectively explain the threat of growing resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs and that analyze the most important causes of this resistance, with a focus on Latin America. The contest was launched on World Health Day 2011 and was intended to support its call for greater awareness of and action to combat the problem of antimicrobial resistance.
The winners of the 2011 Latin American Health Journalism Awards are:
The full texts of the articles and comments from the judges are available in Spanish at http://www.comminit.com/es/red-salud/awards/2011.
The Latin American Health Journalism Awards seek to encourage Latin American journalists to increase the quality and coverage of health issues in the media. This year, 22 articles from some of the region’s major newspapers, magazines and websites qualified for the contest.
World Health Day 2011, celebrated on April 7, was dedicated to raising awareness of the problem of antimicrobial resistance, building commitment to finding common solutions, and promoting the implementation of policies and practices to prevent and contain antimicrobial resistance.
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