We asked 118 journalists to list health issues that they could write about in their respective media outlets. Journalists from print, radio and online media attended 1 of our 7 workshops.
- Food adulteration
- High alcohol intake amongst Dalits
- Noise and air pollution; the lack of statistics available on air pollution
- Miscommunication between health workers and relatives of patients
- Standards of performance and negligence of doctors
- Ineffective drug regulatory mechanisms
- Lack of access to government health facilities
- Lack of adequate and free urban health services
- Private health facilities and their ‘money-minded’ practices
- Poorly delivered public health messages
- Not enough female health workers
- Corruption in government-run health services
- Medical ethics
What challenges do Nepali journalists face when reporting on health issues?
- At regional level, journalists have to cover all types of stories so cannot go into the required depth for each type of story.
- Educational background of journalists matters; individuals can call themselves journalists when they have no qualifications.