Tropical Journalist Award 2019 and NHR Brazil Journalism Prize reward winners during opening of the 2019 Medtrop-Parasito

The winners of the Tropical Journalist Award will receive R$ 1500. The winners of the NHR Brazil Journalism Prize on leprosy will receive R$ 2000


In its sixth edition, the Tropical Journalist Award brings the Radio category as a novelty. The NHR Journalism Award brings a special category: studies that address the stigma experienced by people and families affected by the disease

The Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine (SBMT) created in 2014 the Tropical Journalist Award, a series of activities aimed at enhancing communication professionals who collaborate in disseminating information and knowledge to the population about tropical diseases, helping to prevent and control diseases and burdens that intensely affect the Tropics. Professionals who work in Brazil or abroad who have produced reports or articles published between May 01, 2018 and April 30, 2019 can participate in this years awards.

Only works sent until June 10, that were published in mass media vehicles will be accepted: newspapers, magazines, television stations, internet news portals, radio stations. In order to compete for the Tropical Journalist Prize, the reports or articles must address topics related to Tropical Medicine, such as: motorcycle accidents, hunger, hemorrhagic fevers, violence; anemia; sickle cell anemia; diseases caused by global warming; bacterial diseases in general; chikungunya fever; zika virus; skin cancer; cholera; abuse of crack and other drugs; dengue; emerging and reemerging tropical diseases; STDs; epidemics; schistosomiasis; yellow fever, filariasis; hepatitis; HIV / AIDS; visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar) and tegumentary leishmaniasis; leprosy; leptospirosis; malaria; meningitis; mycoses; mosquitoes and vectors; parasites; pemphigus foliaceus; indoor pollution; rage; trypanosomiasis; tuberculosis; trachoma; viruses, among others.

Those interested in participating should send an e-mail to, indicating the subject: 2019 Tropical Journalist Award, filling in the following information:










The winning jobs will receive the values described below, according to the categories:







Newspaper / magazine


R$ 1.500




R$ 1.500




R$ 1.500




R$ 1.500


In addition to the cash prize, the four winning journalists (category TV, Print, Online and Radio) will be invited to participate in the opening of the 55th MedTrop, to be held in Belo Horizonte / MG, from July 28 to 31, to receive the award of the 2019 Tropical Journalist.

This years edition brings the Radio category as a novelty. It comes to be contemplated as a way to value the professionals who work in this medium. The inclusion also took into account the quality of the health reports that have been broadcasted on the radios, the great reach they have and how to encourage other radios to follow the same path. To know more about the previous editions, click here (

NHR Brazil Journalism Award

The winners of the second edition of the NHR Brazil Journalism Award will be announced on July 28 during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Medtrop-Parasito. The objective of the award, which received applications from Brazilian press on leprosy, is to recognize and stimulate quality productions about the disease in Brazil and the various related aspects, such as diagnosis, transmission and public control policies. In 2019, the award brings a special category: works that address the stigma experienced by people and families affected by the disease.

The award is directed to articles and reports published between June 21, 2018 and May 31, 2019, in four common categories (newspapers and magazines, online media, radio and TV) and a special category for the subject of stigma in any media. The approach, diversity and quality of consulted sources consulted, techniques employed and ethical aspects will be analyzed.

Supporting projects to combat leprosy in the country since the 1990s, NHR Brazil promotes the awards for the second year to encourage greater visibility to the discussion about the disease in the country. The organization works in projects in the North and Northeast regions focusing on the transmission of leprosy, integrated approaches for disability prevention, inclusive development and reduction of stigma.


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