The International Reporting Project (IRP) is now accepting applications for its new media reporting trip to Ghana on October 4-15, 2014.
This trip will focus on immunizations and child health in Ghana, particularly in light of the upcoming decisions to be made by the global community on replenishing the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) as it begins a new cycle for 2016 to 2020.
|Photo: Terrie Schweitzer
Ghana has made great progress in improving health care for its 25 million citizens. A healthy and growing economy, with one of Africa's highest annual GDP growth rates, has enabled the government in Accra to improve living conditions in many parts of the country.
Yet challenges remain, particularly in smaller cities and rural areas where health care delivery is still difficult. At a time when many countries are examining their use of GAVI funds for immunization and their own commitments to funding worldwide immunization efforts, the case of Ghana presents a unique window to many of the issues being discussed in global forums.
This group trip is open only to applications from new media journalists, including media professionals, bloggers, influential social media practitioners and freelance contributors, who are citizens of the following nations: France, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States.
All candidates must complete an application form and provide a detailed essay of at least 800 words describing the types of stories they might pursue during the Ghana trip.