The IRC is delighted to announce that ITV News has won the Television News Award at the One World Media Awards for coverage, shot directly from the IRC's Hagadera Hospital, of the devastating famine in East Africa.
Correspondent Martin Geissler and cameraman Andy Rex documented the work of the IRC's staff from the hospital where over 100,000 patients were treated for maulnutrition and starvation, illustrating the desperation of thousands of families.
Martin said: "What set this assignment apart from much of the work we do was the luxury of time. Spending a full week living and working at Hagadera Hospital gave us a chance to fully appreciate the dedication of the International Rescue Committee staff there. They save lives day-in-day-out with only limited resources in the most basic conditions. It really was a privilege to watch themat work. This award is a recognition not of our work, but of theirs."
Watch the award winning report now!
Some facts and figures
- At the IRC hospital in Hagadera, our doctors and nurses treat some 500 refugees daily
- Malnutrition is alarmingly high in Turkana, northeastern Kenya, where the malnutrition rate is 33 percent
- In response, the IRC and its aid partners have stepped up nutrition programmes targeting 390,000 people including 70,000 malnourished children under the age of 5 and pregnant and breastfeeding women
- The IRC has also launched a malaria prevention effort, targeting 20,000 families.
- The IRC has been providing emergency water and hygiene interventions for over 250,000 drought-affected people since January 2011