Bibi-Aisha Wadvalla took over the reigns at Health-e News to start with of June. The group is happy to welcome her and her new concepts that promise to breathe new life into the organisation.
“I’ve always been a fan of Health-e, so I’m gratified to join an organisation whose news values align with mine, from telling stories of the marginalised to holding decision makers accountable. I believe that journalism is an essential pillar of public health, and that it can help contribute to a healthier South Africa, by providing news and information that allows citizens to make informed decisions about their health.”
Previously, she labored for eNCA as a well being/science reporter and on the SABC as a Middle East correspondent/SAfm present affairs presenter.
Wadvalla has thrilling plans for Health-e News.
“The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of health journalism in South Africa. Citizens are reliant on media for credible, accurate information. The work we do is valuable, and has a direct impact on the lives of our audience. Going forward, I plan on amplifying Health-e’s reach by reaching out to underserved populations, making our content more relevant, relatable and accessible, and experimenting with more innovative forms of storytelling. I’m excited to work with a dedicated team that’s committed to engaging with communities to tell health stories that matter.”
Wadvalla is a journalist who believes the media is an important pillar of public well being. After masking the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt and Libya, she returned to South Africa with a strengthened resolve to be part of change within the nation, to work in the direction of social and financial fairness. She shifted course, centered on well being journalism, and enrolled for a Masters in Public Health. During her MPH coursework, it was the Public Health and Human Rights class that influenced her career path: advocating for well being fairness, and addressing the social and structural determinants of well being.
Her work has appeared on Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, the British Medical Journal, IPS, Nature Middle East, SciDev.web and Daily News Egypt. She’s acquired a number of reporting fellowships from the Reuters Foundation, National Press Foundation, International Women’s Media Foundation, the World Federation of Science Journalists and the Africa-China Reporting Project. – Health-e News