International Health Journalism Fellowship Project: India

About the Project

International Health Journalism Fellowship Project in India was launched in 2005 at the Media Leaders’ Summit at the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi. The program encouraged substantive coverage of the health, social, economic, political and cultural implications of HIV/AIDS and associated health problems by partnering with selected news organizations and training their entire newsrooms. Following trainings, partner news organizations selected a reporter to undertake an individually tailored project that focused on HIV/AIDS or related health issues in India. Priority for these projects went to those that were

  • otherwise unlikely to be undertaken or completed without outside funding,
  • focused on issues currently under-reported or not reported at all
  • highly likely to be published/broadcast and
  • accessible to a relatively large audience

The Project in India was funded entirely through a generous grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as part of a larger initiative on increasing understanding of global health issues. The Gates Foundation was not involved in the selection of any project-award recipient, and no representation should be made that the Gates Foundation supported the activities of any project-award recipient.

The International Health Journalism Fellowship Project in India also produced the widely-read Health e-Letter, a monthly newsletter about public health issues in India. This newsletter was edited by Ms. Kalpana Jain, former Health Editor at the Times of India, while she was the Kaiser International Journalism Fellow in India and published articles by Indian health journalists – many of them former fellows.

You can view past issues of the Health e-Letter, as well as examples of work produced by Kaiser Fellows in India, in our archives below.

Health e-Letter archives Sample Fellowship work Fellowship Events and Site Visits


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