Syriacus heads the Science, Health and Environment desk at The Citizen, a
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 produces 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.
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 raising the profile of health journalism in Tanzania and making complex, jargon-laden science accessible, understandable and engaging to the public.
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