Awards 2Dushanbe, Tajikistan September 13, 2018 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Republic of Tajikistan Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MOH), and the National Center for Healthy Lifestyles recognized six journalists today at an awards ceremony in Dushanbe for the best media materials on tuberculosis (TB).

Even though TB is preventable and curable, 1.5 million people worldwide still die from it every year. Major causes of the spread of TB include a general lack of awareness and social stigma surrounding this disease. Journalists can play a crucial role in raising TB awareness and USAID is committed to supporting the media as part of a broad partnership with the MOH to strengthen the National TB Program.

Recognizing the importance of media engagement in the dissemination of key information about TB, the USAID TB Control Program has trained 80 journalists since 2015 from across Tajikistan through media tours in Tajikistan and abroad, and through seminars and master classes taught by national and international media experts. Trained journalists have strengthened both their knowledge of TB and their professional skills to accurately and compellingly report on important topics. USAID holds regular competitions to honor journalists for outstanding contributions to TB control.

Over 50 media outlets participated in this year’s journalism competition for the best materials on TB. The competition jury included representatives of MOH and the National Center for Healthy Lifestyles, as well as TB and media experts. The jury selected the top six materials in print, digital, and TV/radio medAwards 6ia categories.

The following winners were recognized by USAID at the awards ceremony:

  • Print: Tahmina Ubaydulloeva – “Farazh Weekly” and Ehso Tursunov – “Shifo” Weekly
  • Digital Media: Farzona Murodi – “Tajikistan Times” website, Qutbiyai Nematullo – “Sadoi Mardum” website, and Shahnoz Komilzoda – “Millat” website
  • TV/Radio: Guliston Karimova – Radioi Farhang

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