Peace Hyde up for Young Upcoming Health Journalist Award

British Ghanaian TV personality, Peace Hyde, has been nominated for young Upcoming Health Journalist award for her work detailing the horrific practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and its effect on the young girls who endure the vicious act.

The work was published in the prestigious Forbes Woman Africa magazine and will be one of three shortlisted finalists for the category at the awards ceremony, which takes place on June 15, 2017 in South Africa.

The story, ‘The Children Who Become Women Too Soon’, depicts the harrowing tale of young girls who are subjected to the act of FGM in remote areas in Nigeria. Following the ban on this practice by the previous Nigerian administration, Peace Hyde explores in her article, the long term health and psychological effects of some victims of this act painting a vivid and compelling report on the practice.

Discovery Limited, Founded in 1992 is a South African-founded financial services organization that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets.

Each year, Discovery Health bestows awards on a well-deserving health journalist from nine categories and the journalists that demonstrated the best health reporting between 1 January and 31 December 2016 will each receive a cash prize and one of these winners will walk away with the main prize, the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year Award plus a cash prize.

Categories and finalists:

Best Television Journalism Frank Ferro – Medical Aid Scam Liz Fish – Cochlear Implant

Michael Duffert – Doctors Working Long Hours

Best Analysis and Commentary Writing Elsabe Brits – Die wêreld is haar woning nie Laura Lopez Gonzalez –Stalking a virus among the shadows

Tamar Kahn – Flatlining. Why Motsoaledi’s health insurance plan seems set to fail

Best Investigative Reporting Kyla Hermannsen – Dignity Denied (follow-up) Reneilwe Dhludhlu – Uitgelewer, uitgehonger en vergete

Susan Kristin Comrie – Without ID, without family

Best Video Journalism Laura Skippers, Zahra Kharsany and Riyaaz Freeman – Lifting the light Demelza Bush – Pollsmoor Remand: “They treated us like animals”

Zukile Daniel – Watch the incredible moment a Cape Town baby hears for the first time

Best General Health Feature Lydia Van Der Merwe – Feit of fiksie? Pa kry nageboortelike depressie Ina Skosana – Series on health challenges faced by refugees in South Africa

Andrea Teagle – Crispr vs HIV: Pitting the weaponry of a bacterium against the cunning of a virus

Best Health Economic Journalism Adiel Ismail – Coca-Cola bankrolls IRR research on sugary tax in SA Lynley Donelly – Tax on soft drinks could benefit obese SA

Tamar Kahn – SA’s closet deals between doctors and drug makers

Best Health News Reporting James Mololekwa – An agonising choice: go deaf or die! Zinhle Maphumulo – In the face of Aids

Estelle Ellis – Toxic River Spill

Young Upcoming Health Journalist Peace Hyde – The Children Who became women too soon Pontsho Pilane – Body of work: Sanitary pads, when activism and journalism collide

Andrea Teagle – Crispr vs HIV: Pitting the weaponry of a bacterium against the cunning of a virus

Best Radio Journalism Sisi Segalo –US OPERATION Saziso Dlamini – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Darren Taylor – Zizumpilo Clinic: An Oasis