Name: Bharathi Ghanashyam
Organisation: Independent Journalist
Role: not applicable
I am an independent journalist and development writer working out of Bangalore, South India. While I have written on several issues related to development including women's issues, environment, human rights, micro-finance etc, my special interest lies in writing on health, particularly HIV/AIDS. Extensive field research is an important part of anything I write and I have therefore had opportunity to interact closely with the communities about whom I write. During my career as a development writer and journalist, which spans over 10 years, I have travelled in Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and several other Indian states. I have also designed and implemented training programmes on development for the vernacular media in Karnataka, South India. As a journalist who has reported fairly regularly on HIV/AIDS, I am sensitive to the challenges associated with reporting on the issue. This helped me to design a media programme for AIDS 2008 organised by International AIDS Society, which was held in Mexico City in July 2008. The programme consisted of technical briefings which sought to simplify complex issues associated with HIV/AIDS. I have also won several scholarships to attend international AIDS conferences, including ICAAP IX in Sri Lanka in 2007 and have currently been invited to attend AIDS 2010 as part of a team of reporters who will be reporting for Panoscope, the conference newspaper of the Global AIDS Programme of Panos. The Thomson Foundation Award for Excellence in reporting on HIV/AIDS was awarded to me in 2006. I am a Key Correspondent with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Having understood the grave problems faced by children infected and affected by AIDS, I will be concentrating on highlighting their issues through the media in the future.