Finalists for AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards 2019 unveiled.

by Amref Health Africa

Nairobi, 14 February 2019 – Finalists in the Africa Media Network on Health AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards 2019 were announced today, underscoring excellence in health journalism in Africa.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Africa Health Agenda International Conference “Africa Health 2019” in Kigali Rwanda on March 6, 2019.

The AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards shortlist consists of 12 finalists in four different categories including Radio, TV, Print and Online.

Prof Joachim Osur, Director of Regional Programmes at Amref Health Africa said the finalists were arrived at after a five-bench jury sorted through over 200 entries to identify the cream of the crop.

“The jury line-up comprised of some of the most renowned media personalities and media training institutions across Africa.These extraordinary finalists are all worthy of recognition for their tireless efforts in shaping health journalism towards the realisation of universal health coverage in Africa through media advocacy – quality and none sensational reporting. They are essentially the best of the best,” he said

The AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards showcases the top journalists from Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, who have demonstrated outstanding merit in health journalism in Africa.

Below is the full list of the finalists of the AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards 2019:


Arthur Shikopo, Zambezi FM(Zambia)

Ruth Keiya, Radio Rahma (Kenya)

MacDonald Gondwe, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (Malawi)


Flavia Nasaka, the Independent Publications Limited (Uganda)

Samuel Okiror, The Guardian (Uganda)

Nancy Agutu, Radio Africa Group (Kenya)


Kenneth Simbaya, IPP Media/The Guardian (Tanzania)

Eunice Kilonzo, Nation Media Goup (Kenya)

Diana Kendi, Freelancer (Kenya)


Saida Swale, Royal Media services (Kenya)

Mercy Kandie, BBC (Kenya)

Eunice Omollo, Nation Media Group (Kenya)


About Africa Media Network on Health (AMNH)

AMNH is a team of highly acclaimed journalists and editors from Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda reporting on health systems strengthening at their respective countries and at the regional level including AU, the East, Central and Southern African (ECSA), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC). The Network aims to promote citizen understanding and appreciation of health issues in Africa and beyond by improving the quality, accuracy, and intensity of media reporting on health issues.

The network seeks to achieve its goal of increasing the coverage of health issues in the media in Africa, enhance interest of media in health matters and enhance the capacity of African journalists to report on health through workshops, mentorship, networking, information sharing, and institutional development.

Press contact: +254 724 278 948
Hezron Owuor; [email protected]


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