March 1, 2021

Brazil and Ecuador hold the seventh edition of the Roche Health Awards

Two works by Brazilian and Ecuadorian journalists won in the category of journalism written and television and video the Roche Health Awards 2019 delivered on Thursday night.

A covert investigation inside a group of WhatsApp that promotes the abortion through the sale of pills and the service of "virtual obstetrics" was the winning work in the category of written journalism.

The work "Silent Enemy", which addresses the problem of cervical cancer in Ecuador, achieved, for its part, the first place in the category of television and video.

"Exclusive: Inside a 'secret clinic' of non-Whastapp abortion", by Brazilian journalist Nathalia Passarinho, who works for BBC News Brazil, won the award given by the pharmaceutical company together with the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for the New Iberoamerican Journalism (FNPI).

"This work was the result of five months of research in a secret group of WhatsApp, it was a group organized by very young women who sold medicine, they explained step by step how to do the procedure," he explained to Efe Passarinho.

To carry out this work, explained Passarinho, he had to infiltrate the WhatsApp group in order to narrate the risks and difficulties of Brazilian women who decide to have an abortion, a problem that continues to be very serious throughout Latin America.

The work shows how these women see these clandestine social networks as the only way to vent their fears and listen to the experience of others, since abortion is prohibited in Brazil.

The award, said the journalist, serves to "give visibility to those who work committed to provide general information and create a debate to the population on these issues that are relevant to many people."

The report "Silent Enemy" describes the serious problem of cervical cancer in Ecuador that does not have the backing of adequate public policies, according to Efe Iván Maestre, one of the authors.

The journalist worked on this investigation together with José Alvarado, Mauricio Campoverde and Tito Mite, and the report was published by Ecuavisa.

Alvarado stressed that the objective of this work was "to make visible that the problem of cancer is an issue that does not have to be fatal in all cases, which can be prevented."

Finally, Maestre acknowledged that this type of recognition is a motivation because "it is important that journalism have these spaces, that there are these incentives through prizes, that having these types of competencies make journalism continue in force," he said.

The awards given each year by Roche and the FNPI aim to promote good journalism in all formats and this time the best pieces of journalism in print and TV and video were awarded.

In the last edition of 2018, radio and internet works were awarded.

The seventh edition of this award registered an increase of registrations of 38% compared to the previous year, informed the organizers.

In the seven calls for the award, 2,255 works have been received from Latin America and a total of 12 works have been recognized.

Jaime Abello, general director and co-founder of the FNPI, in charge of evaluating the candidates, highlighted the importance of these recognitions.

"Health journalism is important because of the very high political and social importance of the health sector to improve the quality of life through its services," he said.

The winner of each category has the possibility to choose between a scholarship to participate in an FNPI workshop, or to attend the 2019 edition of the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Festival that will take place this year between the 2nd and the 4th of October in Medellín , Colombia.

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