Introducing the first HSG Media Fellows!

Health Systems Global is delighted to announce the successful journalists that have been selected as the first HSG Media Fellows ahead of the Fifth Global Symposium for Health Systems Research (HSR2018).

Introducing the first HSG Media Fellows!

Health Systems Global is delighted to announce the successful journalists that have been selected as the first HSG Media Fellows ahead of the Fifth Global Symposium for Health Systems Research (HSR2018) in Liverpool, UK, in October.

The HSG Media Fellows will be undertaking cutting-edge investigations on critical health systems and health policy topics in diverse contexts and settings ahead of HSR2018. The idea is to promote high quality and diverse journalistic practices that address critical health systems and health policy related topics.

At the heart of HSG is to advocate and raise the profile of health systems and health policy issues from different countries and regions, and globally. HSG recognizes the vital role that media play in presenting the bigger and complex picture of health challenges and the need to strengthen health systems to address them. The fellows will be working hard to communicate and engage around these complex realities.

HSG Media Fellows 2018

Abantika Ghosh

Abantika Ghosh is a print journalist with 17 years’ experience of working in some of the biggest English dailies in India including The Times of India and The Indian Express where she is currently working. She is deeply interested in health policy, public health and the cross sections of health and politics.


Adie Vanessa Offiong

Adie Vanessa Offiong is an award-winning journalist with Daily Trust newspaper, Abuja, Nigeria. Although she is the head of the Arts & Entertainment desk, Vanessa also has an interest in reporting development issues with a human angle and solutions-based approach. She uses data/statistics in reporting a range of topics including women & children, environment, agriculture, health and women in business among others and has done this for about a decade. Vanessa is a 2017 IHP intern of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp and a 2017 Fellow of the ICFJ-United Nations Foundation Reporting Fellowship on Climate and Migration.


Anoo Bhuyan

Anoo Bhuyan is a journalist at The Wire, based in New Delhi. She covers health policy. She has worked in radio, television, print and now online, with Indian and international organisations. Before The Wire, she was at Outlook Magazine, one of India’s oldest running political news weeklies, and also at the BBC and National Public Radio. She studied conflict and development studies at SOAS, University of London. Her work is available on


Daria Sarkisyan

Daria Sarkisyan works as a contributing editor in the Russian media She studied in the Moscow State University at the Faculty of Journalism. Now she writes exclusively about medicine, health and healthcare. She have worked as a freelance writer with different Russian media: Esquire Russia, Afisha Daily, Vokrug Sveta, Wonderzine and others. Daria is the author of a book “How to survive in your appartment”. She is also a co-founder of a popular health blog “Namochi mantu”.

In 2016 she won the Global Health Reporting Contest which was organized by the International Center for Journalists.

Irene Rodriguez-Salas

Irene Rodriguez-Salas is a Costa Rican science journalist based at La Nacion newspaper in Costa Rica ( She works for the Aldea Global/Ciencia section where her main focus is on medicine, health and education issues. She studied journalism in the University of Costa Rica (UCR) where she also completed her master’s on Public Health with an emphasis on Health Management. Health, medicine and public health policies are her major concerns.


Patience Nyangove

Patience Nyangove works for a weekly privately owned publication, The Confidente Newspaper in Namibia, as a senior journalist that covers anything from health, hard news, investigative and feature writing. Patience has 15 years working experience as a print journalist. Her journalism career began in Zimbabwe where she has been a news, investigative, features, health and lifestyle journalist for weekly and daily newspapers. She has also worked in South Africa as an online journalist. Two months ago, Patience was chosen as the second run-up to the Namibia Health Journalist of the year.

Patience juggles between a full-time job and academic studies at the University of Namibia where she is a third year student studying towards an Honours Degree in Public Management.


Sophie Cousins

Sophie Cousins is an Australian health journalist based in South Asia, covering the wider Asia region. Her work focuses on the systems that perpetuate gender inequality and the impact this has on women’s and girls’ health. She also writes regularly on infectious diseases and access to healthcare and medicine. She writes for publications including the Guardian, New York Times, London Review of Books, the Lancet, Mosaic Science, and the British Medical Journal. Before moving to South Asia she was based between Lebanon and Iraq, and prior to leaving Australia she worked at the country’s leading medical magazine, Australian Doctor.

Her work has been supported by multiple grants and fellowships from organisations including the International Reporting Project, the United Nations Foundation and the South Asian Journalists Association. She has a Masters of International Public Health and degrees in journalism and international studies.


You can expect to hear lots more from the HSG Media Fellows in the run-up to the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.

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