IWMF Spotlight: Reporting on HPV and Public Health


Global Health Fellow Ojoma Akor (right) conducting an interview

Today, on March 4, we are taking the time to observe International HPV Awareness Day.

In 2021, the IWMF and the Sabin Vaccine Institute launched the Global Health Reporting Initiative: Vaccines and Immunization in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. During the program’s three-year run, we trained more than 60 journalists in 36 countries to report on public health and then offered reporting grants to put their skills into practice.

Our fellows have produced dozens of solutions-based stories that debunk misinformation, share resources, and spotlight how different communities are creating change for their most vulnerable members.

Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV, also known as VIH) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world and can lead to cancers in both women and men.

Below, we are featuring thoughtful and rigorously reported stories about HPV vaccination and treatment from our fellows in Grenada, Nigeria, Venezuela and Kenya. These stories blend personal narrative, health policy reporting and the latest in scientific research to spur lasting change for those afflicted.

Featured Projects

HPV Vaccine: A Positive Hope for the Future in the Battle Against Cervical Cancer

by Linda Straker (Grenada)
Caribbean Investigative Journalism Network

(Linda is pictured here receiving the “Best Health Story of 2023” award from The Media Workers Association of Grenada)



Cervical Cancer: Access To Vaccine Will Save Nigerian Women

by Ojoma Akor (Nigeria)
The Daily Trust



Especiales: VPH en Venezuela

by Mariana Souquett (Venezuela)
Efecto Cocuyo



CERVICAL CANCER CONTROL | Men in Uyoma, Siaya lead campaigns for HPV vaccines

by Laura Achieng’ Otieno (Kenya)
Citizen TV

Read more stories from our Global Health Fellows


Open Opportunities

Apply by April 21: Applications accepted for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship (February to July 2025)

Ongoing: Applications accepted on a rolling basis for the Fund for Women Journalists

Ongoing: Applications accepted on a rolling basis for the Fund for Indigenous Journalists: Reporting on Missing & Murdered Women, Girls, Two-Spirit and Transgender People (MMIWG2T)