Contest Entries

Delivering AIDS Drugs -- The Long Journey

Entrants: David Baron

Affiliation: WGBH/PRI’s The World

Radio (Local markets, network, syndicated)

Year: 2008

Place: Third Place

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Baron's report tracks the 8,000 mile journey of a bottle of anti-retroviral pills from a factory in India to an AIDS patient in Ivory Coast. Between the plant and the patient are inefficient bureaucracies and strained government resources, dedicated bureaucrats and health care providers, bad roads and intermittent electricity, and the threat of organized crime rings waiting to strike

Judges' comments: An original illustration of how difficult it is to get AIDS drugs to the developing world. The reporter mixes important policy background with extremely present sound of the drug supply chain in action. The international journey was an impressive reportorial feat! The report brought a "show, don't tell" approach to the dry ground of public health policy, which made it compelling listening.

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