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Winners of 5th EU Health Prize for Journalists announced




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EUhealth2013The winners of the fifth EU Health Prize for Journalists were announced by Health Commissioner Tonio Borg at an award ceremony in Brussels on 8 April. Out of more than 850 articles entered into the competition, 28 national finalists were chosen by juries in each EU country.

Amidst the shortlist of 28 excellent articles, the winners are:

1st place: Henk Blanken writing for Dagblad van het Noorden (the Netherlands) for his article Carel’s Head, a story which follows a young man suffering from Parkinson's disease from diagnosis to treatment, and gives a detailed and emotional account of the pioneering surgery he receives.

2nd place: Christiane Hawranek and Marco Maurer, writing for Die Zeit (Germany) for their sharp, ‘documentary-style’ article The Patient Traffickers which highlights dubious practices in non-regulated medical care across borders.

3rd place: Mette Dahlgaard writing for the Berlingske newspaper (Denmark) for Am I Killing Someone?, the story of a sperm donor who discovers that he carries the gene for a highly hereditary form of cancer, but hits a brick wall when he tries to find a way of warning potential children who could be affected.

Commissioner Borg said: "Once again, journalists from across Europe have contributed to the public’s knowledge and understanding of important health issues. They have submitted many fascinating articles on subjects such as Alzheimer’s disease, the dangers of sugar, using robots to perform operations, rare diseases and euthanasia. The top three articles that the EU jury had the formidable job to select stood out for their intensity, originality and ability to mesmerize the reader."



The EU Health Prize for Journalists has been running for five years. It aims to raise awareness on important health issues affecting the lives of people across the EU – issues that the European Commission addresses through legislation or other initiatives. It also sets out to encourage and award excellent health journalism across Europe.

The main theme of this edition of the prize was 'Europe for Patients', which comprises the topics: cross border healthcare, rare diseases, organ donation and transplantation, health workforce, patient safety and hospital acquired infections, chronic diseases, vaccination, prudent use of antibiotics, ageing and dementias, active and healthy ageing, pharmaceuticals and health determinants: tobacco, alcohol and nutrition & physical activity.

The selection of the winners was a two-step process. National juries selected a national finalist and then an EU level jury, composed of European Commission officials, public health experts and journalists convened in Brussels to decide on the first, second and third place winners.

The awards given for first, second and third place, were for the amounts of €6,500, €4,000 and €2,500 respectively1.

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