Tell me about the slums

I like to watch what I call ‘popular documentaries’ about life in other countries. In my eyes, these are different from ‘regular documentaries’, because they appeal less to an intellectual elite, but to people who enjoy entertainment shows. Often they include a British reporter who goes on to explore a new culture and give us … Continue reading Tell me about the slums

Stigma and HIV reporting – a lesson from the BBC

Zainab Deen wrote an article in BBC Magazine on ‘Sex workers using anti-HIV drugs instead of condoms’. However, her reporting is everything else but neutral. Her first paragraph reeks with stigmatizing rhetoric:  “In Kenya 1.5 million people are living with HIV, and there are about 100,000 new infections every year. Despite this, some sex workers … Continue reading Stigma and HIV reporting – a lesson from the BBC

Global health reporting fail – tuberculosis

And I read another article covering global health that is somewhat biased (chrmm chrmm). I'm talking about Tulip Mazumdar's article on multi-drug resistant TB : Global resistance to TB drugs is 'ticking time bomb' We have the usual suspects: -an alarmist title -the hopeless situation of the poor (yet not to forget their wisdom) -the non … Continue reading Global health reporting fail – tuberculosis