New Delhi: The highly anticipated Asia’s largest congregation of health writers and influencers is back with its 8th edition – the National Health Writers & Influencers Convention (NHWIC-2024). Scheduled for February 21st to 22nd at the prestigious AIIMS, New Delhi, this groundbreaking event promises to be a game-changer, equipping attendees with cutting-edge knowledge, fostering vital connections, and recognizing emerging healthcare heroes.

Highlighting the significance of NHWIC-2024 and the NextGen awards, Dr.Swadeep Srivastava, Founder & Chairman of HEAL Health Writers & Editors Network, expresses, “As we anticipate the 8th NHWIC, our commitment to empowering health writers and journalists stands strong. Since 2005, this convention has been a beacon of knowledge, uniting over 1000 health writers and influencers. The introduction of NextGen Healthcare Changemakers Awards 2024 mirrors our dedication to celebrating those shaping the future of healthcare in India.”
Dr Srivastava further adds, “The 8th NHWIC aims to equip attendees with comprehensive knowledge and engagement through specialized sessions. We also honour the emerging NextGen Healthcare Changemakers and Media Awards to inspire individuals contributing to the upliftment of the healthcare landscape in India.”

‘Empowering Health Narratives, Championing Changemakers’:This year’s theme highlights the convention’s mission. Over 100 distinguished voices from the health writing and influencing landscape, representing key media platforms, are expected to convene, shaping the future of healthcare communication. The highlight of this year’s convention will be the presentation of the ‘NextGen Healthcare Changemakers & Media Awards 2024’, recognizing and honouring healthcare trailblazers under the age of 45 for their remarkable contributions to the healthcare landscape in India.

Dr. Vinay Aggarwal, Director of Crosslay Remedies Ltd., Past President-CMAAO, and Past National President, IMA, commends HEAL’s efforts in promoting responsible health journalism, “HEAL’s conventions provide valuable insights and encourage responsible health reporting, crucial in combating misinformation.The health writers and editors training programmes in the form of conventions organized by the HEAL Foundation are wonderful. It gives fresh insights to the journalists about healthcare awareness and the latest developments in the healthcare landscape.The NHWIC serves as a platform to connect top-class domain experts with healthcare journalists and writers.”

Beyond Recognition, Building Knowledge: The convention itself boasts a robust agenda. Renowned experts will lead interactive sessions on crucial topics, fostering meaningful exchange and insightful discussions.

Dr. Subhash Giri, Director of Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi,highlights the significance of spreading preventive health information across all age groups. He states, “Recognizing NHWIC-2024’s pivotal role in training journalists to convey accurate health information is commendable. The HEAL Convention has been consistently undertaking this valuable exercise for over fifteen years. Health awareness is fundamental for prevention, and NHWIC equips journalists to disseminate precise information, fostering informed choices and addressing healthcare disparities. Emphasizing affordable healthcare, technology becomes vital in extending medical facilities to remote areas. The HEAL convention has played a remarkable role in shaping a healthier India.”

Shankar Raj, President of HEAL Foundation, affirmed, “The 8th HEAL Health Writers Convention is a significant milestone, addressing and deliberating on health issues pertinent to India. This convention empowers journalists covering the health beat and online health writers with the latest information in critical areas. Focusing on factual reporting, HEAL provides knowledge and connects journalists with experts for responsible health narratives. In the midst of an emerging infodemic, accurate healthcare reporting is crucial, and HEAL serves as a vital platform connecting healthcare journalists with domain experts.”

8th Edition of NHWIC-2024: Key Highlights

·      Largest Gathering: NHWIC-2024, 8th edition, at AIIMS, New Delhi, Feb 21-22, unites health enthusiasts and changemakers.

·      NextGen Awards: Recognizing under-45 leaders, the convention presents ‘NextGen Healthcare Changemakers & Media Awards 2024.’

·      The convention focuses on empowering health narratives and championing healthcare changemakers.

·      Over 100 voices from health writing and influencing platforms shape the future of healthcare communication.

·      The 8th NHWIC-2024, convention promises interactive sessions led by experts, fostering meaningful exchange and insightful discussions.

The HEAL convention’s focus on promoting accurate health reporting has been instrumental in combating the emerging infodemic, especially in an era where social media can dangerously influence people through false news on medicine, cures, treatment options, and self-treatment. NHWIC-2024 continues HEAL’s mission to connect top-class domain experts with acclaimed and aspiring healthcare journalists and writers, emphasizing the crucial role of accuracy in healthcare reporting.

Whether you’re a seasoned healthcare writer or an aspiring changemaker, NHWIC-2024 is your opportunity to connect, learn, and be inspired. Stay tuned for updates and witness the celebration of healthcare journalism and its future champions!