What is Geneva Health Files?

Geneva Health Files is an investigative, inter-disciplinary, reporting initiative that seeks to capture the power and politics in global health. This independent reporting initiative tracks international health policy as it unfolds in the capital of global health - Geneva, Switzerland.

It uses a comprehensive approach to its reporting that combines perspectives from science, trade, economics and governance to look at global health critically.

Although it is practically a one-person newsroom, the initiative does not exist in a vacuum. A community of readers, supporters, sources, friends and family shape it continuously.

Welcome to this community!

This unique journalistic effort reaches a readership comprising policymakers, academics and interested experts in global health through a bi-weekly newsletter that offers distinct curation and an investigative analysis every single week. Its mission is not only to bring diverse perspectives to global health journalism, but to also contribute towards greater accountability and transparency in global health by honest, rigorous reporting.

Launched in April 2020, we have made already space for ourselves as a source of critical and consistent reporting that readers trust and value. As a result, a small but distinct community has begun to engage and emerge. Our reportage has found way into the syllabus of master’s programs and it has been cited in academic literature. We have spoken with governments, auditors and civil society organizations who have reached out to us for our critical perspective gleaned from our regular reporting on matters of global health in Geneva.

You can write to us at patnaik.reporting@gmail.com or genevahealthfiles@protonmail.com. Or follow us on twitter: @filesgeneva and @pretpat.

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Priti Patnaik

Founding Editor, Geneva Health Files

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Readers of Geneva Health Files become a part of a community working towards greater transparency and accountability in global health policy-making.

  • As a paid subscriber you get timely and comprehensive analysis every Friday. We help you make sense of this relentless news cycle by going deep into one significant development in global health every week. You will also have access to interviews of experts and will be the first to know of fast-moving developments in global health policy-making as they take shape.

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  • There are special discounts for students – the custodians for the future of global health.

  • Free subscribers will continue to have access to The Weekly Primer on Tuesdays and will have limited, delayed access to some of the analyses on Geneva Health Files.

  • You can also support this independent reporting initiative paypal.me/genevahealthfiles. Your contributions will fund specific investigations in global health.

Why we created Geneva Health Files?

Priti Patnaik, Founding Editor, Geneva Health Files

I am an independent journalist based in Geneva, Switzerland.

As an independent journalist, I had weathered the vicissitudes of freelance reporting for many years. While reporting on global health (when no one was looking), I often found that crucial policy debates in Geneva had little space in mainstream media. To break out of these constraints, the prospect of investigating these technical matters and publishing for a specialized readership was a dream I had long nurtured.

I started self-publishing in April 2020 as COVID-19 raged across the world — unbounded by the policies crafted in Geneva by a range of global health actors. Under these unusual circumstances, I set out to tell stories unfolding in Geneva to readers I had acquired over the years and in the process, reached many more.

Geneva Health Files was born. This was an idea long germinating in draft business plans, in conversations with interested experts, but really came into existence when health policy began dominating global headlines. I simply had to go ahead and start telling these stories in the way only I could and the way I cared. Global health was (and is) undergoing seismic changes and this needed to be documented in a systematic, thorough manner.

The pandemic drew the world’s attention to Geneva. This relatively quiet Swiss city has been a dynamic ecosystem where private and public interests collide in sequestered settings of international organizations away from the media glare. Up until now. As the capital of global health, Geneva is home to more than 200 different organizations associated with the framing of international health policy.

The pandemic became a personal inflection point that compelled me to become a publisher. As a reporter, I was seized by the moment when I realized the historic importance of witnessing events at the absolute forefront of global health, in those early days of the pandemic. Years of working independently had honed my editorial decision-making and I felt confident.

We went on to tell the most important stories of pandemic-related policy-making, in-depth and in real-time.

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