The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust

Syriacus Buguzi

Photograph of Syriacus Buguzi

Syriacus is deputy news editor at The Citizen, a leading national daily English newspaper in Dar
es Salaam.

As a senior reporter, he mainly covers major public health and science issues in Tanzania, with special focus on health care financing, health and science news analyses, and human interest features.  He also oversees a weekly health supplement for the paper.

A qualified medical doctor, he received his journalism training while studying medicine and working as a health correspondent with The African in 2009-10.  He joined The Citizen in 2011. 

As the 2014 David Astor Journalism Award Winner from Tanzania, he was attached to The Independent in London for a month, working with its health and science reporters, and spent two weeks at The Observer/Guardian

He also worked for six weeks at the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg, with its Health Journalism Centre, Bekisisa.

In 2016, he established MedicoPress, an independent not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote high-quality medical journalism and raise the profile of medical research in Tanzania as well as regionally.

During his medical school training at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Dar es Salaam Medical Students’ Journal, which is affiliated with African Journals Online.

He is passionate about promoting better medical journalism in Tanzania and making complex, jargon-laden science accessible, understandable and engaging to the public.

Twitter:  @buguzi