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Pulitzer Center Update March 27, 2020

Pulitzer Center Grantees Win Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the World Health Organization, in Kinshasa on 14 June. Image by John Wessels for Nature. Congo, 2019. 
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The Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo's war-shattered North Kivu province is...

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Marie-Roseline Darnycka Bélizaire, an epidemiologist from Haiti, is helping to coordinate the World Health Organization’s Ebola response. Image by John Wessels. Democratic Republic of Congo, 2019.
Marie-Roseline Darnycka Bélizaire, an epidemiologist from Haiti, is helping to coordinate the World Health Organization’s Ebola response. Image by John Wessels. Democratic Republic of Congo, 2019.

The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) just announced the 2019 winners for the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. Amy Maxmen's Nature series about the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with photographer John Wessels, was named a winner in the Trade Publications/Newsletters category. Maxmen and Wessels reported on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the country. When the disease first gripped Africa and the rest of the world in 2014-2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) was criticized for its handling of the epidemic. 

Maxmen, who covered the Ebola response at the peak of the crisis in Sierra Leone, found a different story in DRC. Despite the subsequent improved testing, issues in combating the disease persist, as several WHO first responders have been killed, funding is scarce, and political instability means people have a "mistrust for authorities and aid workers."

According to the awards' judges, the story offered "a thorough, timely focus on a deadly confluence. With strong supporting graphics and photos, this package went above and beyond excellent."

To learn more about the awards and see the complete list of winners, please visit the AHCJ website.

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