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‘Nation’ journalist wins international science award

Nation Media Group (NMG) journalist Elizabeth Merab has won two accolades -a science award and a fellowship.

Ms Merab has been named winner of the 2017 Next Generation of Science Journalists Award and also bagged this year’s Falling Walls fellowship for Journalists from the Falling Walls Foundation.

Ms Merab, a health and science reporter with the Daily Nation, is among five journalists from across the world who have been invited to participate in the World Health Summit in October, in Berlin Germany after bagging the Next Generation award.

Her winning article, the agony of living with a failed organ was published in The East African, a regional publication owned by the NMG.

“I’m delighted to have won this prestigious award. Indeed it is humbling to be named alongside other great writers from across the world,” she told Nairobi News.


The award supports the recognition of emerging young medical science journalists and their contribution towards public understanding of science.

Ms Merab, 25, will be among the more than 1,600 participants from all health-related areas who will be present at the Summit – from Nobel Prize laureates and Ministers to CEOs, internationally leading researchers and future leaders.

The winners will get a chance to meet the world’s leading minds in the healthcare sector and increase their professional network.


She will receive a certificate, presented by the World Health Summit Presidents, prize money of Sh60,000 (500 Euro) to recompense travel expenses and she will be recognised on the WHS website, plugs in social media and a mention in the newsletter.

World Health Summit was launched in 2009 and has brought together stakeholders and decision-makers from every field in the healthcare spectrum, providing the perfect forum for exchange with experts from academia, industry, politics and civil society.

The alliance is an international collaboration between leading academic institutions aimed at using academic excellence to improve global health.

Ms Merab will spend four days in Berlin for bagging the Falling Walls fellowship. Falling Walls conference is an annual science event that coincides with anniversary on the fall of the Berlin Wall.