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EU Health Prize for Journalists

Are you a journalist interested in health?

Winners and national finalists

We are happy to announce the winner and the 2 runners-up along with the national finalists.



1st prize

The first prize is awarded to Henk Blanken, a Dutch journalist writing for "Dagblad van het Noorden", for his article highlighting a forty year-old man's surgery effort to combat Parkinson's disease.


The Netherlands

Article: Carel's headpdf(82 KB) Choose translations of the previous link Nederlands (nl)

Henk Blanken

Henk Blanken (Rotterdam, 1959) worked for the newspapers Het Vrije Volk, de Volkskrant and Dagblad van het Noorden, recently as an investigative reporter. He was awarded with the Dutch talent prize (1988), the national prize for investigative journalism (2013) and the regional Groningen Press Prize (2013).

2nd prize

German journalists, Christiane Hawranek and Marco Maurer, working for "Die Zeit" are awarded the second prize for their article focusing on the relationship between dubious medical tourism agencies and German hospitals.



Article: The Patient Traffickerspdf(74 KB) Choose translations of the previous link Deutsch (de)

Christiane Hawranek

Christiane Hawranek mainly works as a reporter for the public radio for the health and the politics & background department. She studied dramatics and political science and afterwards journalism at the "Evangelische Journalistenschule", in Berlin. She is interested in everything that concerns life and death and won journalist awards such as "Best Cancer Reporter Award".


Marco Maurer

Marco Maurer studied German language and literature studies, journalism and politics at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. In 2009 he graduated from the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich and did his postgraduate studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He interned in editorial departments of newspapers, radio stations and magazines all over Germany and Switzerland. For his reports and features he won several journalist awards.

3rd prize

The third prize is awarded to the Danish journalist Mette Dahlgaard, for her article published in "Berlingske", which tells the story of a sperm donor that is liable to pass on a serious form of cancer to half of his children.



Article: Am I killing someone?pdf(175 KB) Choose translations of the previous link dansk (da)

Mette Dahlgaard

Mette Dahlgaard (35) has been working, for the past five years, at the Danish daily Berlingske as a member of the investigative team. During the last year she has been writing about the consequenses of modern reproductive techniques.




Article: Hello Neighbour!pdf(71 KB) Choose translations of the previous link Deutsch (de)

Sibylle Hamann

Sibylle Hamann studied political sciences in Vienna, Berlin and Beijing. From 1990 until 2007, she was an international reporter for the daily newspaper "Kurier" and the weekly magazine "Profil", covering crisis areas in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Currently, she lives in Vienna as a freelance journalist and book author. She is a columnist for "Die Presse" and a regular contributor to "Falter", a Vienna-based weekly paper.

The article stresses the importance on the "Neighbours" social work project as an alternative support to integrate migrant women who suffer from any health disease or have been socially isolated.



Article: Young, fit, healthy and … suffering from dementiapdf(212 KB) Choose translations of the previous link Nederlands (nl)

Els Verweire

Els Verweire, born in 1966, is an editor for the Belgian popular scientific Eos magazine, where she writes mainly about health and medicine. Eos magazine appears on a monthly basis in both Flanders – the Dutch speaking part of Belgium - and the Netherlands.

The article talks about the diagnosis, symptoms and process of dementia in young people.



Article: The painful flight of a butterfly girlpdf(143 KB) Choose translations of the previous link български (bg)

Tsvetana Dimitrova

Tsvetana Dimitrova graduated in Biomanagement and Sustainable Development from the University of Sofia. She holds a MA in Human Resource Management from the University of Plovdiv. Tsvetana is a journalist at the Bulgarian website for healthcare "" and the newspaper "Framar". She writes about health issues, ecology and environmental protection.

The article is focused on the rare incurable skin disease of the "butterfly people".



Article: Children to sue their parents if they contract an infectious diseasepdf(142 KB) Choose translations of the previous link hrvatski (hr)

Ljerka Bratonja Martinović

Ljerka Bratonja Martinović graduated from the Faculty of political science in Zagreb and she is currently working for Novi list, a daily newspaper from Rijeka. She writes mostly about health issues, politics and education, and is especially interested in the access problems that patients face with health service and medicine.

The article refers to a statement of applying a fine to parents that refuse vaccination for their children.



Article: Thalassaemia, my "other" selfpdf(281 KB) Choose translations of the previous link ελληνικά (el)

Lena Tsoukala

Lena Tsoukala was born in Greece and has been living in Cyprus for the last 30 years. She studied political science and English literature but journalism determined her career. For the last 26 years, she has been working as a journalist with the «Phileleftheros» newspaper and magazines Group, and deals with welfare and overall wellbeing issues (health, fashion, beauty).

The article presents a man's story who has succeeded in his personal and professional life despite suffering from Thalassemia.

Czech Republic


Article: When death becomes herpdf(141 KB) Choose translations of the previous link čeština (cs)

Magdalena Sodomková

Magdalena Sodomková was a seasoned foreign desk reporter for MF DNES daily newspaper and Reflex weekly magazine. She now works for the daily newspaper Lidové Noviny. She was nominated for the best journalist reportage award in 2010 and received recognition for investigative journalism in 2012.


Pavlína Wolfová

Pavlína Wolfová is a seasoned journalist specialised in investigative reportage and interviews. She starred in her own TV talk show for 7 years, features in Na vlastní oči and was nominated for the TV Audience Award 1999. Since 2009 she has been a Deputy Editor of the weekly magazine Reflex, a reporter for MF DNES daily newspaper, and now a Deputy Editor for the Czech version of Marie Claire magazine. She was also nominated for the Czech Journalist Award in 2011.

In this article, the loss of a person and his funeral are seen as an approach to the meaning of life and death.



Article: My life with Annleenapdf(168 KB) Choose translations of the previous link eesti keel (et)

Andrei Hvostov

Andrei Hvostov (b. 1963) is an Estonian journalist, essayist, and novelist. He studied history at the University of Tartu and worked in the newspaper Eesti Ekspress.

The article focuses on health care service in the case of demented or elderly people.



Article: You are what your grandmother used to eatpdf(78 KB) Choose translations of the previous link suomi (fi)

Virve Pohjanpalo

Virve Pohjanpalo, born in 1970, is a news manager and a journalist based at the University of Helsinki, where she has a 13-year-long career as a general populariser of science and arts. Over the course of these years she has worked for both Yliopisto-lehti, a leading science magazine in Finland, and as an editor-in-chief of the international magazine of the University.

The article highlights the epigenetic changes and genetic heritage from our ancestors' alimentation habits.



Article: End-of-life - Dealing with emotionspdf(81 KB) Choose translations of the previous link français (fr)

Sandra Jégu

Sandra Jégu worked for several French regional newspapers before specializing in health information. Web and print editor, she has written for the general public and professional press. Today, she is a journalist for "", dedicated to health and social information.

The article focuses on the emotional experience of caregivers facing the end of life and death.



Article: 3D caregivers help Alzheimer’s patientspdf(196 KB) Choose translations of the previous link ελληνικά (el)

Maria Litou

Maria Litou graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a degree in journalism and mass media communication studies and is a member of the Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (Esiemth). She has worked for newspapers, tv, radio and magazines. Over the last 14 years she has been working for the daily newspaper “Agelioforos” and has been reporting on issues related to the healthcare sector, science and social topics.

The article focuses on the new 3D scientific project set up in Thessaloniki which helps patients suffering from dementia



Article: Gift, donation, hope of lifepdf(78 KB) Choose translations of the previous link magyar (hu)

Erzsébet Fazekas

Erzsébet Fazekas studied to become a teacher (in literature and languages) at the Faculty of Arts in Budapest. Later she studied at the Postgraduate School of Journalism. She has worked as health editor of magazines attached to different dailies; one of them is Népszabadság with the highest circulation number in Hungary. Today she writes for health journals and websites.

The article highlights the hope that organ donation brings to patients and the troubles donors face.



Article: Cancer - journey to the other sidepdf(72 KB)

Eimear Vize

Eimear Vize has spent the last 16 years of her two decades in journalism focusing on health and medical issues. She is editor of Cancer Professional, Ireland’s only journal for cancer specialists, and senior writer for several medical publications, as well as - Ireland's premier independent health website. She received the 2009 Irish Magazine Journalist of the Year Award.

The article presents the story of a young doctor diagnosed with terminal cancer.



Article: Downs Syndrome, prenatal test for sale: experimental and not yet approvedpdf(151 KB) Choose translations of the previous link italiano (it)

Sabrina Provenzani

Sabrina Provenzani is an Italian journalist and author. She started her career as a producer for APTN in Italy in 2001 and has since then covered politics and current affairs for the national Radio and Broadcast Service. She is currently based in London, where she works as a freelancer.

The article highlights the possible risks associated with prenatal tests for Down's Syndrome.


Article: Justs is a proper bloke with a straight back!pdf(146 KB) Choose translations of the previous link latviešu valoda (lv)

Anija Pelūde

A journalist for 26 years, writing for newspapers and magazines, Anija Pelūde is the founder and used to be the editor-in-chief of Ievas Veselība, the most popular health magazine in Latvia. Now she is writing articles about health for a weekly magazine (Sestdiena). While working as a journalist, her mission is to inform people in a popular way about illness and recovery.

The article tells the story of a child with spinal deformation and his opportunity to have surgery at the University Children's hospital.



Article: Lithuania today: 60 000 alcoholics and 450 000 heavy drinkerspdf(351 KB) Choose translations of the previous link lietuvių kalba (lt)

Giedrė Bolzanė

Giedrė Bolzanė, is a deputy editor and journalist of the analytical weekly magazine Veidas in Lithuania. Her article about the heavy drinking epidemic in Lithuania, which she submitted for this year's contest, was published when famous Lithuanian actor Vytautas Šapranauskas, after long years of being an alcoholic, had committed suicide.

The article stresses the epidemic proportions of alcohol consumption in Lithuania.


Article: We do what we wantpdf(92 KB) Choose translations of the previous link Deutsch (de)

Peter Feist

Peter Feist, born in 1964, is a politics editor with the luxembourgish political weekly d’Lëtzebuerger Land. He is specialized in social politics, health and science politics and, as a journalist, covers everything from public health topics, social insurance problems to bioethical debate.

The article focuses on the new Kirchberg Hospital robot used to practice surgery for prostate and kidney cancer and raises concern regarding the future of the healthcare system in Luxembourg.


Article: It is difficult to accept your life has changedpdf(86 KB)

Sarah Carabott

Sarah Carabott studied communications and sociology, and later graduated from the University of Westminster, London, with a Masters degree in journalism. She worked with charities, a human rights NGO, an architecture consultancy firm and a radio station before joining the The Times of Malta newsroom three years ago. There she mainly pursues cultural, health, humanitarian and social issues.

The article focuses on challenges revealed by a software developer suffering from multiple sclerosis.


Article: I am booking death for 5 p.m.pdf(82 KB) Choose translations of the previous link polski (pl)

Katarzyna Brejwo

Katarzyna Brejwo is writing for "Gazeta Wyborcza", Poland’s leading opinion newspaper and its weekly magazine "Duży Format". She mainly covers social topics and international issues. She has been nominated for the Ryszard Kapuścinski Award and Grand Press Awards for her feature stories. She lives in Warsaw.

The article assesses the debate on euthanasia for ageing people suffering from various diseases.


Article: Sugar - Sweet poison?pdf(81 KB) Choose translations of the previous link português (pt)

Célia Rosa

Célia Rosa graduated in social communication from the "Universidade Nova" of Lisbon and became a journalist in 1988. Since 1992, she has been working for the magazine "Notícias". Before she had worked for the magazines "Sábado", "Pais e Filhos" and "Adolescentes". She writes about health and human rights and has received various awards.

The article highlights the problems arising from sugar consumption, a condiment with no nutritional value.


Article: How I became a member of the cytostatics network. Do you want to be part of it too?pdf(99 KB) Choose translations of the previous link română (ro)

Vlad Mixich

Vlad Mixich is senior editor for, and editorial coordinator for "Viata Medicala", a weekly medical newspaper. He was Deutsche Welle's correspondent for six years in Romania and has won several awards for his work, including the Milan Kundera Prize for his first book. He holds a degree in Medicine and Psychotherapy and was a Marshall Memorial Fellow and a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism.

The article gives an overview of the use and availability of cytostatic drugs in Romania.

Slovak Republic


Article: Hospital toilets still not cleaned a week later, as revealed by invisible markerpdf(359 KB) Choose translations of the previous link slovenčina (sk)

Veronika Folentová

Veronika Folentová graduated in journalism from the Catholic University in Ružomberok. She works for the SME daily and she primarily writes about health care, public procurement and youth (un)employment. She was awarded third place at the Journalist Awards of the Slovak Syndicate of Journalists. She collaborates with magazines in Slovakia and Austria.


Ján Krempaský

Ján Krempaský was born in Zvolen and studied journalism and social communication at Santa Croce University in Rome. He worked for Radio Lumen, daily 24 hodín and the magazine Markíza. He currently writes for daily SME. He works as a news reporter and mainly covers health issues. In 2010, he won the National Journalist Award.


Mikuláš Jesenský

Mikuláš Jesenský has worked in SME since 1996 as a correspondent and reporter from Eastern Slovakia. He is a holder of several journalism awards.


Daniel Vražda

Daniel Vražda has been a reporter in daily news SME from July 1998. He completed two internships of investigative journalism in London and several workshops in Centre for Investigative Journalism. Among other things, he covered situation after devastating storms in Kosovo and he reported about a fire in the High Tatras.

The article investigated the cleanliness of Slovak hospitals, discovering risks towards patient safety.


Article: Klemen sacrificed a thousand euros and his health for a sculpted bodypdf(295 KB) Choose translations of the previous link slovenščina (sl)

Marja Milič

Marja Milič studied economics and has been working at Finance Business Daily since 2005. She also writes for a magazine called Moje Finance and is focused on personal finance, especially insurance, stock exchange, real-estate. She is an editor of the supplement Mladi in denar (Youth and Money), a project of finance literacy among young people. Her passion, professionally and personally, are topics connected to health, especially nutrition.

The article focuses on the intake of dietary supplements for body sculpting and its consequences of the misuse.


Article: Printing Bodiespdf(70 KB) Choose translations of the previous link español (es)

Marta Palomo de Udaeta

Marta Palomo de Udaeta is a freelance science journalist specialized in biomedicine, working for several media in Spain. She has also worked as a Science communicator in several outreach projects, including EU-funded initiatives. Marta is also actively involved in ‘the other side’ of science, working as a post-doctoral researcher at the José Carreras Leukemia Research Institute.

The article focuses on experiments carried out by scientists to 3D print organs and tissues, vessels and even ears.


Article: The old people's village on the island of immortalspdf(172 KB) Choose translations of the previous link svenska (sv)

Henrik Ennart

Henrik Ennart, an author and science journalist at Svenska Dagbladet, writes about how food, environment and lifestyle can promote healthy aging in a time when world population is getting older and older.

The article highlights the secrets of longevity on the island of Okinawa, Japan, and examines the lifestyle and dietary factors that can contribute to such a long and healthy life.

United Kingdom

Article: Special report - How vaccine scares cast shadows over sciencepdf(69 KB)

Kate Kelland

Kate Kelland is an award-winning international Health and Science Correspondent for Reuters, where she covers everything from drug and vaccine development, to emerging infectious diseases, the battles against cancer, mental illness, AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. She previously covered the British government as a political correspondent, and has won several awards for her work.

The article gives a special report on how vaccine scares can sometimes stunt scientific research.

Last update: 09/04/2014 | Top