Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian's health desk, bagged four awards at the Discovery Health Journalism Awards on Wednesday night.
Bhekisisa reporter Ina Skosana was named the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year, as well as the Best Upcoming Health Journalist of the Year for her story “Mothers haunted by hospital hell”. Skosana also won the Nation Builder Award for her story “SA’s midwives chart a new course”.
Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan won the features category for her story “If they are raped, then so what?” The Bhekisisa team – Malan, Skosana and Amy Green – was a finalist in the best economics health journalism category for its story “Dummy guide to medical tariffs”.
The Bhekisisa team has been recognised for a number of stories this year. Malan won the features category in the Sikuvile print journalism awards earlier this month for “The boys who lost their manhood” and “If they are raped, so what?”.
Green was a finalist in two categories in the enterprise journalism and young journalist of the year categories for her story, “Emergency: Help us help patients”. Skosana was a finalist in the multimedia category, along with the M&G‘s Lauren Clifford Holmes, for a video “Phindi on dating, sex & being born with HIV”.
Bhekisisa was established in January 2013. In addition to providing the M&G with health copy, it also hosts journalists from other media houses with three-month fellowships, during which they receive intensive mentoring in health reporting. In addition to this, Bhekisisa runs critical thinking forums and trainings on health issues.