Announcing the Awardees of the 7th Annual CUGH-Pulitzer Video Competition

We received a high number of quality submissions for our 7th Annual CUGH-Pulitzer Global Health Video Competition. We are thankful to everyone who participated in the event, including our judges. Special congratulations to the following winners and honorable mentions.

Global Health Challenges Category

First Place:
Best Foot Forward (Mauricio Rodriguez, Charles Belt, Nacho Corbella)
Description: Podoconiosis (podo) is a devastating and disfiguring disease caused when bare feet are exposed to volcanic soil. It affects millions of people in more than 15 countries, yet is preventable and treatable with simple washing and proper footwear. If farm workers are educated, podo can be eliminated in our lifetime.

Honorable Mentions:
Using Community Dialogue to Tackle Antibiotic Resistance in Bangladesh (Susan Schulman)
Description: The spread of antibiotic resistance is an issue of growing global concern. It is often cited as one of the most critical threats to global health, food security and development. This video shows how the Community Dialogue approach was trialled as a tool to prevent and control antibiotic resistance in Bangladesh. The project was led by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development at Leeds University, in collaboration with Malaria Consortium, ARK Foundation and the University of Liverpool.

Sister to Sister, Stove by Stove (Andrew Hida, Ripple Effect Images)
Description: Toxic smoke from cooking fires causes more than four million deaths per year and is the single leading cause of death for women and for children under age five in the developing world. Solar Sister is changing this through a sisterhood of clean energy entrepreneurs bringing safe cookstoves to their communities. Over 2,000 Solar Sister entrepreneurs sell clean cookstoves and solar lights to their communities in Africa, helping in the fight to eliminate millions of premature deaths each year due to cooking fires and indoor smoke inhalation.

High Impact Programs Category

First Place:
The Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) (ICAP at Columbia University)
´╗┐Description: For the global community to achieve its HIV treatment goals, data are needed on the impact of country-level programs. The Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) Project measures the reach and impact of HIV programs in PEPFAR-supported countries through national surveys. Each population-based HIV impact assessment (PHIA) survey offers household-based HIV counseling and testing conducted by trained survey staff, with return of results. The surveys also ask questions about access to preventive care and treatment services for adults and children. The results measure national and regional progress toward UNAIDS' 90-90-90 goals and guide policy and funding priorities. This PEPFAR-funded project is led by ICAP at Columbia University in partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Ministry of Health in each country. Learn more at

Honorable Mentions:
Innovation to Combat Global Epidemics: Baylor Global Health's Emergency Smart Pod (Baylor College of Medicine Office of Communications, Baylor Global Health, Madeleine Allman, Elena Petrova, Sheena Bhushan, Brodus Franklin, David Hilmers, Sharmila Anandasabapathy)
Description: To combat urgent need in global epidemic response and prevention, Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, Director of Baylor Global Health at Baylor College of Medicine, and her team developed the Emergency Smart Pod: a mobile, intermodal, shipping container-based laboratory that can be used for training and field testing during epidemics such as Ebola. Three Smart Pod laboratories were recently deployed at the University of Liberia for use by students and technical trainees to build epidemic management capacity.

The Power of PrEP (ICAP at Columbia University)
Description: ICAP at Columbia University is working to introduce PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to communities affected by the HIV epidemic around the world. To support this lifesaving work, ICAP has developed a package of tools designed to help health care professionals provide PrEP to appropriate candidates in a safe and effective manner. This video, the first in a three-part series, looks at how PrEP has made a difference in the life of a sex worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Told completely through the sex worker's voice, it is a lyrical and engaging video that also delivers a clear message about how PrEP can protect people who are at risk from becoming infected with HIV.