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Sir Richard Feachem, Shereen El Feki Join GHFN Advisory Board

ATLANTA (January 6, 2012) – Global Health Frontline News (GHFN), an independent non-profit video reporting unit, today announced the appointment of two new distinguished members to its Advisory Board.

The new members are: Professor Sir Richard Feachem, who served as founding Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, and is now Director of the Global Health Group at UCSF; and Shereen El Feki, Vice Chair, Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and a noted writer, broadcaster and academic based in Cairo, where she works on issues related to health and social welfare in the Arab region.

GHFN's Executive Editor, Gary Strieker, said the new appointments bring two more eminent figures to the Advisory Board, a panel of respected leaders in global health and journalism which provides insight and candid counseling on the full range of GHFN's activities – from ethical issues to the focus of its reporting assignments. "Sir Richard Feachem and Shereen El Feki also represent our first step in globalizing our Advisory Board," he said. "This will assist us in our mission to be fully transparent and responsible for global health journalism worldwide."

The other members of the Advisory Board are: Stephen J. Cassidy, Chief, Internet, Broadcast & Image Section, Division of Communications, UNICEF; Dr. Sue Goldie, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute; Neil Henry, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Donald Hopkins, Vice-President, Health Programs, The Carter Center; Joanne Silberner, former NPR Health Policy Correspondent, Artist-in-Residence, University of Washington; and Jeffrey Sturchio, former President, Global Health Council, Senior Partner, Rabin Martin.

With a mission to produce video news stories on global health issues that are largely under-reported by mainstream media, GHFN covers stories about health issues that mainly affect impoverished populations in developing nations – malaria, polio, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, maternal and child health, and food security.

Funded by nonpartisan donors and operating independently, GHFN follows strict journalistic standards and produces high-quality video news material for broadcast globally by television networks and wide distribution on the Internet.

Global Health Frontline News announces 'Notes from the field' blog


ATLANTA (September 21, 2011) – Global Health Frontline News (GHFN) today announced the launch of a new blog that will be hosted on the organization's website, www.ghfn.org.

'Notes from the field' will feature posts from members of GHFN's newsgathering crews on assignments in developing countries around the world.

The blog will also feature posts from other members of the global health community including experts working with NGO's, ministries of health and academic institutions conducting field research.

The 'Notes from the field' blog will foster new relationships and encourage greater dialogue on critical global health issues including maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases, vaccine development and international policy.

Launched in January this year, GHFN assigns video newsgathering crews worldwide to cover major global health stories in partnership with selected broadcasters and Internet platforms. As a nonprofit project with a mission to produce video news stories on global health issues that are largely under-reported by mainstream media, GHFN focuses its coverage on diseases that mainly affect impoverished populations in developing nations – malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness and trachoma – and on maternal/child health and food security.

Funded by nonpartisan donors and operating independently, GHFN follows strict journalistic standards and produces high-quality video news material for broadcast globally by television networks and wide distribution on the Internet.


Julie Lindsay appointed Programming Director at Global Health Frontline News


ATLANTA (May 25, 2011) – Global Health Frontline News (GHFN) today announced that veteran broadcast and web journalist Julie Lindsay has joined its production staff as Programming Director.

Ms. Lindsay had been Senior Managing Editor for WebMD’s website in the United Kingdom. She was a key architect of the site, managing a team of journalists and doctors, with responsibility for all its editorial content.

Ms. Lindsay has over 25 years experience as a journalist for the most respected news organizations in the world including the BBC, ITN, Reuters and CNN. After beginning her career as a reporter for BBC Bristol where she covered numerous national stories including the Lockerbie bombing and the Northern Ireland conflict, she joined IRN/ITN in London as a reporter, presenter and senior bulletin editor, covering stories including IRA bombings and the Romanian revolution. In 1993 she became the senior producer and presenter for BBC Radio 5, launching the station’s award-winning National Morning Show. After working at Reuters Radio and Television in London as a senior editor, she moved to the United States in 1996 to join CNN International as a senior writer, editor, producer and anchor. She started developing WebMD’s operations in the U.K. in 2009.

“Julie will be the principal manager of our strategy to build our programming outreach to Internet platforms worldwide,” said GHFN’s Executive Editor Gary Strieker. “Her deep experience in international broadcasting and basic journalism will be a major asset for us as we develop our coverage of global health stories in the months ahead,” he said. “We are proud to have her on our team.”

Launched in January, GHFN assigns video newsgathering crews worldwide to cover major global health stories in partnership with selected broadcasters and Internet platforms. As a nonprofit project with a mission to produce video news stories on global health issues that are largely under-reported by mainstream media, GHFN focuses its coverage on diseases that mainly affect impoverished populations in developing nations – malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness and trachoma – and on maternal/child health and food security.

Funded by nonpartisan donors and operating independently, GHFN follows strict journalistic standards and produces high-quality video news material for broadcast globally by television networks and wide distribution on the Internet.



David Lindsay named Managing Editor of Global Health Frontline News



ATLANTA (April 4, 2011) – Global Health Frontline News (GHFN) today announced that veteran television news writer and producer David Lindsay has joined its production staff as Managing Editor.

Mr. Lindsay has worked in broadcast television news for more than 20 years, most of them with two of the world's leading news organizations, ITN and CNN. During his 12 years at CNN International, he produced and executive produced many of the network's leading programs, including prime-time shows, special events and documentaries. Over the last five years with CNN, he ran the Feature Programming Unit, beginning with 'Global Challenges' one of the first major network programs focusing on sustainable development. He also executive produced many new and existing programs, including 'Inside the Middle East', 'Inside Africa', 'World Report', 'Be The Change' and the weekly documentary series 'World's Untold Stories'.

"I worked with David for many years at CNN International," said GHFN's Executive Editor Gary Strieker. "He's an innovative, tireless professional with a special interest in the developing world, and we know that he will make a major contribution to our efforts to cover global health stories with distinction."

Launched in January, GHFN is now assigning video newsgathering crews worldwide to cover major global health stories in partnership with selected broadcasters and Internet platforms. As a nonprofit project with a mission to produce video news stories on global health issues that are largely under-reported by mainstream media, GHFN focuses its coverage on diseases that mainly affect impoverished populations in developing nations – malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness and trachoma – and on maternal mortality and food security.

Funded by nonpartisan donors and operating independently, GHFN follows strict journalistic standards and produces high-quality video news material for broadcast globally by television networks and wide distribution on the Internet.


GHFN launches pioneering video newsgathering operations worldwide



ATLANTA (January 5, 2011) – After more than a year of planning and trial productions in Africa and Asia, Global Health Frontline News (GHFN) is now assigning video newsgathering crews worldwide to cover major global health stories in partnership with selected broadcasters and Internet platforms.

As a nonprofit project with a mission to produce video news stories on global health issues that are largely under-reported by mainstream media, GHFN will focus its coverage on diseases that mainly affect impoverished populations in developing nations – malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness and trachoma – and on maternal mortality and food security.

Funded by nonpartisan donors and operating independently, GHFN will follow strict journalistic standards and produce high-quality video news material for broadcast globally by television networks and wide distribution on the Internet.

GHFN’s Executive Editor, Gary Strieker, said the project’s crews and producers are exceptionally qualified for their assignments. “All of our newsgathering teams have years of experience in broadcast television,” he said. “And most importantly, they have first-hand experience in tracking down health stories in difficult situations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We’re definitely going to set some new standards in global health reporting.”