The fifth edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists has awarded prizes for the following articles:
Henk Blanken: “Carel's head ” (Dagblad van het Noorden, The Netherlands)
This article highlights a forty year-old man's surgery effort to combat Parkinson's disease.
Christiane Hawranek and Marco Maurer: “The Patient Traffickers ” (Die Zeit, Germany)
The article focuses on the relationship between dubious medical tourism agencies and German hospitals.
Mette Dahlgaard: “Am I killing someone? ” (Berlingske, Denmark)
This article tells the story of a sperm donor that is liable to pass on a serious form of cancer to half of his children.
This year again, the Prize has contributed to stimulate high-quality journalism that raises awareness on issues related to health and patient-related policy initiatives at EU level. Showcased in the glossy booklet are the 28 nominated articles (in English only).
In 2013, 629 journalists from all 28 EU countries participated in the competition submitting 858 eligible articles published in printed or on-line media between 01 August 2012 and 30 September 2013.
The first EU Health Prize for Journalists was awarded in 2009. The winners of the past editions are:
- 2012: Petr Třešňák (Czech Republic), with an article on mental health "Adventures in ward 14 ", published in Respekt magazine.
- 2011: Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland (United Kingdom), with an article on antimicrobial resistance "When the drugs don't work", published by Reuters.
- 2010: Gianluca Ferraris and Ilaria Molinari (Italy), with an article on stem cells "Stealing hope ", published in Panorama.
- 2009: Estelle Saget (France), with the article "Schizophrenia explained to family and friends ", published in L'Express.
The EU Health Prize for Journalists is funded under the second Community Health Programme 2008-13.