The late Elizabeth Merab. [PHOTO: COURTESY]

The late Elizabeth Merab. [PHOTO: COURTESY]

Elizabeth Merab, a health journalist working with Nation Media Group lost her battle to Sickle Cell Anaemia on Saturday, July 15, 2023. Diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia at the age of ten, she battled the ailment for two decades. Merab was a warrior and will be remembered by many people for her bubbly nature and courageous fight to live.

Merab was a communication specialist, media trainer, speaker, and moderator who lent her skills and expertise to organizations like the East African Community (EAC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

In 2021, she became the first recipient of the Global Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Journalism Award by Amref Health Africa. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kenyatta University and several degrees in Science Journalism, Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs from Rhodes University. She is also a holder of a Master’s degree in Digital Journalism from Aga Khan University.

Merab worked as a health and science journalist for close to seven years at Nation Media Group. In 2021 she collaborated on a media project looking at how health issues are currently being covered in the news by Sparknews located in Paris, France.

She is an award winner of the Children and Youth Affairs category in 2015 for the Kenya Media Network on Population and Development (KEMEP). She was also a finalist in, Thomson Foundation Young Journalist FPA Award 2017. In Aug 2018 Merab was awarded the Environment Reporting Award 2018 by the Media Council of Kenya for a conservation story she did on the extinction of the Northern White Rhino. Media colleagues have poured their messages of condolences, remembering the late Meran for putting up a spirited fight, with a big smile on her face.