Health Reporting: Challenges and Lessons from India and Pakistan


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When: Apr 24 2021 - 1:00am until Apr 24 2021 - 2:30am
Where: Zoom Webinar

EWC Seminars presents:

Health Reporting: Challenges and Lessons from India and Pakistan

Saturday, April 24 | 4:00-5:30pm, Pakistan; 4:30-6:00pm, India; 7:00-8:30am Washington DC

Health is often considered secondary to economic growth in much of the developing world. It is not a subject on which elections are fought and won and rarely are there protest movements seeking better healthcare facilities. Women’s health ranks even lower on the priority list. During covid the limitations of weak healthcare systems have been especially evident. In the past year journalists have also faced the additional burden of developing pandemic literacy. In India and Pakistan, health remains an ignored issue. Pakistan ranked 88 out of 107 countries in the 2020 Global Hunger Index and India ranked 94. Both countries spend only about 1% of their GDP on public health, according to the World Bank, and both have high rates of infectious diseases like tuberculosis and high mortality rates of mothers and newborns. Climate change has burdened the already fragile public health system further. Journalists from Karachi, Lahore, Srinagar, New Delhi and Lucknow will discuss the challenges of reporting on health in their countries; why this is often an ignored subject; and how conflict, often the single largest narrative, can overshadow public health. They will also share best practices in covering health and answer questions from the audience.

Registration will be required for this interactive discussion. The audience will be able to submit written questions on the Q&A function at the bottom of the Zoom screen starting about halfway through the program. The live recording will be made available on YouTube for later viewing.

Panelists(listed in alphabetical order):


  • Ms. Disha SHETTY, Independent Science Journalist, Pune, India.
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This event is part of the East-West Center's ongoing series of cross-border reporting programs for Indian and Pakistani journalists.
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