International Health Journalism Fellowship Project: India

International Health Journalism Fellowship Project: INDIA

Read more information about HIV/AIDS and related health issues in India on – India Country Page and in the updated fact sheet on HIV/AIDS in India. For a reporting guide on AIDS in India (available in English, Tamil, Marathi and Hindi), see The HIV/AIDS Reporting Guide for India. See the Health e-Letter, a monthly newsletter about public health in India.

About the Project

The Kaiser Family Foundation announced the new International Health Journalism Fellowship Project at the Media Leaders’ Summit, which was held at the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi in January 2005. The goal of the International Health Journalism Fellowship Project is to encourage substantive coverage of the health, social, economic, political and cultural implications of HIV/AIDS and associated health problems, as well as policies and programs to address HIV/AIDS and related health issues in India. Selected news organizations undertake an individually tailored project that focuses on HIV/AIDS and related health issues in India. Select examples of completed work are posted below. Please note that this program has ended and we are no longer granting these project awards.

The selected news organization designates a team of editors, reporters, photographers and/or graphic designers to lead the project. Priority is given to:

  • projects otherwise unlikely to be undertaken or completed without outside funding,
  • projects that focus on issues currently under-reported or not reported at all
  • projects that have a high likelihood of being published/broadcast and
  • are accessible to a relatively large audience


Awards are intended to produce in-depth, substantive and sustained reporting on HIV/AIDS and related issues. Selected broadcast news organizations may also be eligible to receive an award for in-depth reporting, to cover project expenses such as travel and research expenses typically up to and no greater than a maximum award of 220,000 Indian Rupees (approximately U.S. $5,000).

The Project in India is 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 is not involved in the selection of any project-award recipient, and no representation should be made that the Gates Foundation supports the activities of any project-award recipient.

What is Covered?

The project award covers travel expenses and other expenses including research, photography, internet access, telephone/fax and photocopying, laptop rental, camera crew and project-related production expenses. These expenses could include additional pages or print inserts, graphics, website information, online features such as Q&A with readers, additional television studio or editing time. Up to 20% of the award could be designated for additional staff time/salary expenses or to commission freelance contributions. The award may not be used to pay anyone who is being interviewed or who is being used in some other way as a news source.

Recent Project Events

Health e-Letter
In February 2007 Kaiser International Fellow, Kalpana Jain, launched the Health e-Letter, a monthly newsletter about public health issues in India with contributions from journalists from India and around the world.

To see past issues of the Health e-Letter click below:

January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008

February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007

Fellowship Work

A selection of articles from our fellows’ work are represented below. Many of the articles are translated from their original language (Marathi or Hindi) into English for greater accessibility. It is important to note that as a result of the translations, the language in the articles may not reflect the full original intended meaning or tone.

AIDS spreading rapidly in Shekhawati region” June 9, 2006
Anonymity of AIDS, radiance of Stars” August 19, 2006
India becomes ‘AIDS Guru’” November 26, 2006


The Heroes Project, co-chaired by Parmeshwar Godrej and Richard Gere, seeks to harness India’s communication power and potential to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and reduce stigma and discrimination. It works through two avenues: media partnerships and its societal leaders program.



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