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Untold Global Health Stories of 2018 Contest

Posted: 10/2/2017 ()

If you know of an important global health story that’s been overlooked by the media and deserves special notice, we want to hear from you.

NPR’s “Goats and Soda” blog, which covers global health and development, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are pleased to announce the 2018 Untold Stories of Global Health Contest. The contest is designed to give a platform to important but underreported global health stories.

CUGH, NPR’s Goats and Soda Blog, and GHN share the goal of raising awareness about health— issues around the world. We invite you to nominate an issue you feel deserves urgent attention, whether you’ve worked on it firsthand or come across it in your travels. The best nominations for the Untold Stories focus on a specific issue in a specific location (i.e., not global chronic disease) and should include available data and evidence, as well as contact information—like konzo, one of the top 2 winning stories from last year.

Send us your ideas, and if we choose your issue, we’ll help you expand the audience for your issue. Entrants can submit a nomination here, with a short (150-word) statement describing the story and why it deserves more coverage and support.


  • Submissions Open – September 19, 2017
  • Nominations Deadline – November 10, 2017
  • Judging Complete – November 30, 2017
  • Winner Notified – December 15, 2017 (on or about)

The contest will be jointly judged by NPR’s Goats and Soda blog, CUGH and GHN, based on the entries’ newsworthiness, creativity and feasibility for coverage.

NPR and GHN will each select one winning story to cover; the winning stories will appear in both NPR and GHN. All winning entries will be shared on CUGH’s website and bulletin.

NPR and GHN will consider and share the runners up entries as sources for possible stories for coverage. GHN will cover at least one runner-up idea as a story or series of stories in GHN.

The winner will be announced publicly in March 2018 at the CUGH conference in New York, NY (March 15-18, 2018).

  • Runners-up will have short summaries included on the GHN website.
  • The winner (maximum of 1 nominee per entry) will receive free registration for the CUGH conference.


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Deadline: 11/10/2017