Health-e News is South Africa’s award-winning television and print health news service that has been producing news and in-depth analysis for national media since 1999. Health-e News has television, online and print clients and has a nationwide network of citizen journalists called OurHealth who are based in rural villages and small towns throughout the country.
Syndicated nationally via clients such as Health24, 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 18 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.
Social Justice Journalism:
Read independent researcher Barbara Klugman’s assessment of Health-e News Service as a social justice media success story.
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The Global Health Advocacy Incubator at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids draws on lessons learned from tobacco control advocacy campaigns in more than 50 countries to provide training and assistance to other public health advocacy initiatives. The Advocacy Incubator supports civil society organizations in advocating for evidence-based policies to improve public health and decrease death and disease. This mission is accomplished by providing training and technical assistance for existing organizations working on public health policy, identifying new partners where needed, and assisting in the development and implementation of strategic advocacy campaigns to promote the adoption and implementation of public health policies.
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.
Cecilia Serenata (Chairperson) – Head of Treatment Access & Optimisation, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute
Dinesh Balliah – Lecturer, Journalism and Media Studies Department at Wits University
Jillian Green – Managing Editor, Daily Maverick
Portia Kobue – Former News Editor, Kaya FM
Sasha Stevenson – Head of Health, SECTION27
The Health-e News team consists of expert health journalists based in Johannesburg as well as a national network of citizen journalists strategically placed in the country’s National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot districts. Meet our team.
Charity Ndhlovu, Human Resource and Finance Officer
Charity Ndhlovu is Health-e’s HR and Finance Officer. She was previously the organisation’s Office Manager. She also worked for Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU), as a VCT counsellor (voluntary HIV counselling and testing) for Project Accept from 2005 to 2007 and an administrator/monitoring and evaluation assistant from 2008 to 2009. Prior to joining Health-e, she worked for Anova Health Institute as a project administrator/HR assistant for the Tirisanong Programme for seven years.
Charity has a diploma in Office Administration and is currently studying for a degree in Office Management and Technology through UNISA. In her spare time, she likes reading books.
You can reach Charity at [email protected] or on 0118800995. Follow her on twitter at @NdhlovuCharity
Lee Saunders, Television Editor and Camera Operator
Lee is Health-e’s TV editor and camera operator, which is a very useful combination of skills for our small team. He enjoys using motion graphics, fast pace editing and telling a great story expressed in a visual manner. He has five years’ experience in the media industry and has worked for Blink Pictures, Joburg Today and CGTN.
He enjoys “confrontational environments, uncovering the truth and making things look pretty”.
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Hannah Chibayambuya, TV Unit Intern
Hannah Chibayambuya is a Health-e Unit TV intern who recently graduated with a Bachelors of Journalism degree from Rhodes University. She is interested in producing impactful stories as well as investigative journalism. She has worked with the likes of Business day and The Star newspaper.
She is passionate, enthusiastic and believes in “learning as much as you can while you can.”
Luntu Ndzandze, Multimedia Intern
Luntu Ndzandze is a Health-e TV Unit intern who recently graduated with a Diploma In Media Practices, specialising in television production from Boston Media House. He has always had a knack for telling stories that society needs to see. He enjoys watching controversial and investigative documentaries, and movies. He spent most of his student life freelancing (shooting and editing) for small agencies and brands to enhance their social media pages.
Luntu was part of one of the teams that entered the 48-Hour Film Festival, where creatives made a short feature film in just two days. Their film, called (G)love Lost, aired at Ster-Kenikor cinemas in Mall of Africa.
Thabo Molelekwa, 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 is interested in reporting on nutrition, HIV, environmental health and the quality of care within the public sector.
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