Lungi Langa

Reporter: Independent Newspapers

Not many journalists choose to become the subject of their own stories, but that's what Lungi Langa decided to do. In 2009 Langa joined Health-e news service as an intern. The same year she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and decided to go public about her experiences. "I wanted to highlight the stigma associated with TB,� she explains. "By telling my story I wanted to give a face to people living with the disease.� She did more than that. Her courageous reporting won her first prize in an international journalism competition run by the World Health Organisation, under the auspices of its Stop TB Partnership. "I never believed I'd win. When I got the email I thought it was a hoax!� she says. An activist at heart, 23-year-old Langa now works at Independent Newspapers. She no longer focuses only on health issues but continues to write stories that "will make a difference in people's lives�. � Sibongile Nkosi

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