About Health-e News
Started in 1998, Health-e News is South Africa’s award-winning television and print health news service producing news and in-depth analysis for national media. In 2012, Health-e News opened a nationwide citizen journalism arm called “OurHealth.”
Syndicated nationally via clients such as the Daily Maverick, SABC, eTV and the Independent Newspapers, Health-e News brings the latest in health news articles, videos and TV documentaries to hundreds of thousands of South Africans each month. Get Health-e News updates straight to your inbox weekly by subscribing to our free newsletter.
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For 15 years, Health-e has been committed to health journalism with a human face, and we tell stories via television, print and our website. We tell stories from the clinic queues to the Minister’s office, and our main aim is to help all people living in South Africa to become healthier.
The Atlantic Philanthropies
The work of Health-e News is supported by a generous grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies. The purpose of the Atlantic Philanthropies is “to bring about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people”. It concentrates on grant investments in four programme fields, namely ageing, disadvantaged children and youth, health of populations in developing countries and reconciliation and human rights.
For more information about The Atlantic Philanthropies, see: www.atlanticphilanthropies.org
The Open Society Foundation
The OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society. It works for a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected. The Open Society in South Africa is a grant-making organisation, and is a member of the International Soros Foundations Network.
For more information about The Open Socitety Foundation, see: http://www.osf.org.za
Johns Hopkins SA (JHHESA)
Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JHHESA) is a non profit organisation that aims to improve the health and well-being of all South Africans.In achieving its broader objective, JHHESA uses a strategic evidence based communication approach which includes dynamic mass media and interpersonal communication initiatives. JHHESA is affiliated to the internationally acclaimed Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Centre for Communication Programs, based in Baltimore (U.S.A), which is a globally respected public health communication organisation.
For more information about JHHESA, see: http://jhhesa.org/
Jonathan Berger – Pupil Member at the Johannesburg Bar & Honorary Research Fellow, School of Law, WITS
Dr Melanie Chait – CEO, Big Fish School of Digital Filmaking
Philip Mokoena – Media Consultant
Dr Daniel Nhemachena – Clinic Manager: Harriet Shezi Children’s Clinic and Hillbrow Community Health Centre
Cecilia Serenata – Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute
Sasha Stevenson – Section 27
The Health-e News team consists of expert health journalists based in Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as a national network of about 20 citizen journalists. Meet our team.
Kerry Cullinan,Managing Editor
Kerry Cullinan is an award-winning journalist, who has been Managing Editor of Health-e since 2005. She has worked on a number of high-profile health stories, including being the first journalist in South Africa to report on the existence of extensively drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis.
Kerry has also written three books, including “XXX”, for UNAIDS, about South Africa’s successful campaign against HIV, post-denialism. She co-edited “The Virus, Vitamins and Vegetables: the South African HIV/ AIDS mystery”, about the AIDS denial period.
Prior to Health-e, Kerry worked as a political reporter and labour reporter for newspapers including City Press and New Nation.
She served for five years on the founding board of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) on recommendation from Parliament. Prior to 1994, she was involved in a number of organisations including the SA Youth Congress and the Association of Democratic Journalists.
Kerry has a Masters degree in media, communication and culture from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
She has a particular interest in how the media can be part of ensuring a more socially just country, and in the training and development of young South Africans.
Gill Gifford – News Editor
Gill Gifford is an award-winning journalist and Health-e’s News Editor.
She has spent most of her career in print media, having worked at The Star both as a crime reporter and then on the news desk. She has also worked at community newspapers, Horizon Stereo, the SABC and eNCA where she spent several months covering the Oscar Pistorius trial.
Gill spent some time in the public relations field when she served as the news editor for Meropa in Sandton before moving back into journalism and joining Health-e News.
Gill was awarded the Clive Menell Fellowship and attended Duke University in 2003. In 2004 she won the Feature Writing category at the Mondi Newspaper Awards and later that year was named the MK Abiola Print Journalism Award wnner at the CNN African Journalist of the Year awards.
She has also received a highly commended accolade in the Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards in the Breaking News category for her coverage of the Leigh Matthews murder trial for The Star.
Gill has studied journalism at the Wits University school of journalism. She is passionate about ensuring South Africa’s health story is told well through the eyes of Health-e’s citizen journalists and writers.
Fathima Simjee, TV Producer
After graduating from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Journalism degree specialising in television production, Fathima began her career at Health-e News as an intern in 2010. Now the head of Health-e’s television production unit, she has produced award-winning short and long form documentaries about health care in South Africa, looking at topics including HIV, mental health and lifestyle diseases. Awards for her work include Vodacom Journalist of the Year and Discovery Young Health Journalist of the Year.
In 2014, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust fellowship to pursue a Masters in Science Journalism at City University London. Her personal interest lies in covering issues around maternal and child health in South Africa.
Masutane Modjadji, Our Health Project Manager
Masutane Modjadji is the OurHealth Project Manager responsible for Health-e News’ team of citizen journalists.
Before joining Health-e News she worked as an editorial and marketing assistant at Africa Check.
After completing her undergraduate journalism studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology she went on to pursue post-graduate studies at University of Witwatersrand where she is currently doing her Masters.
Masutane has worked as a journalist at the SABC, Phalaborwa Community Radio and ANN7 TV, and as a media relations officer at CASAC.
In her spare time Masutane loves blogging and writing poetry.
You can reach Mastune at Masutane@health-e.org.za or on 011 880 0995 ext 111. Follow her on Twitter at @mmodjadji
Amy Green, Senior Writer
Amy Green is an award-winning health, print and online reporter who has worked for Health-e News since July 2016.
She obtained an honours degree in health journalism from Rhodes University in 2011. Amy was selected for the 2013 International Women’s Media Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Investigative Reporting Fellowship.
An affinity for writing as well as a compulsion to shape the discussion on health issues in a more creative and critical way inspired her entry into the profession.
Prior to joining the Health-e, she was a founding member of the Mail & Guardian’s Health Journalism Centre: Bhekisisa, where she worked for just under four years.
Before this, Amy published an ebook on Mampoer Shorts after investigating the abuse of the attention deficit disorder drug, Ritalin, among university students.
She has a special interest in reporting on HIV, tuberculosis and harm reduction.
Kim Harrisberg – Multimedia Journalist
Kim Harrisberg is a multimedia journalist interested in combining data, video, photos and text to create impactful storytelling. She won the national award for the Vodacom Online Journalist of the Year award in 2015 for her multimedia story on domestic worker exploitation in South Africa.
She is fascinated by the nexus of health with migration, innovation and the environment.
She has her BPhil in Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch, and her MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cambridge.
Thabo Molelekwa, Intern Reporter
After graduating from the Tshwane University of Technology with a diploma in computer systems, Thabo joined Discovery Health as a claims assessor. In 2013, Thabo became a Treatment Action Campaign member through his local branch in Vosloorus east of Johannesburg before joining Health-e News as a citizen journalist. In 2015, Thabo became an intern reporter with Health-e News, writing stories and helping to coordinate the OurHealth citizen journalism project.
The following year, Thabo was named an International HIV Prevention Reporting Fellow with the International Centre for Journalists and a finalist in the Discovery Health Journalism Awards competition. Thabo has interests in HIV and related illnesses, environmental health and reporting on the quality of care within the public sector.
Lindiwe Msibi – Citizen Journalist and junior Office Administrator
Lindiwe Msibi is Health-e’s junior office administrator and a citizen journalist based in Orange Farm.
Prior to joining Health-e, Lindiwe trained as a data capturer, earning her certificate at Quest Computer College. She has worked at Honey Accessories as a casual jewellery picker and served as an office assistant for Honey Pot Trading.
In 2007 Lindiwe joined Stuttafords Clothing Company as a sales specialist, where she worked until 2015.
Lindiwe joined Health-e as a citizen journalist and a part-time data capturer. She has since completed a diploma in Office Administration and has been working as an office administrator.
Her areas of interest are women and children’s health.