Nation health reporter scoops global award

According to one of the judges, Ms Jane Godia, the competition attracted nearly 165 entries.

Thursday January 28 2016

Ms Eunice Kilonzo, Nation's Team Leader on Health, holds the International Planned Parenthood Federation trophy she won at a global forum in Nusa Dusa, Indonesia on January 27, 2016. PHOTO | NJERI RUGENE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ms Eunice Kilonzo, Nation's team leader on health, holds the International Planned Parenthood Federation trophy she won at a global forum in Nusa Dusa, Indonesia, on January 27, 2016. PHOTO | NJERI RUGENE | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By NJERI RUGENE
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Nation journalist Eunice Kilonzo won an international award at a global forum in Indonesia for her reporting on reproductive health issues.

Ms Kilonzo, the Nation's team leader on health, was honoured Wednesday in a ceremony that took place on the sidelines of the International Family Planning Conference in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.

She was recognised by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) for a story on abortion in Kenya.

She won in the English print category.

In her acceptance speech, Ms Kilonzo said: "This award is for Kwamboka, the 15-year-old girl I met at Kenyatta National Hospital, who because of a botched abortion ended up with kidney failure. She was lucky to survive but these are issues that should have all of us concerned."

According to one of the judges, Ms Jane Godia, the competition attracted nearly 165 entries.

"The two stood out because their articles were human-interest stories that were factual and shared key information in a concise and interesting way," Ms Godia said.

IPPF Director of External Relations Owain James said the awards seek to encourage discussion of reproductive health issues.

"The IPPF African Journalist award recognised stories that promoted national dialogue and challenged governments on their family planning commitments."

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