Jacqueline Charles
AACR-June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism - Large Newspaper Category

Jacqueline Charles

Miami Herald

Jacqueline Charles and José Antonio Iglesias, “Cancer in Haiti

Through articles, photos, and videos portraying patients and providers, reporter Jacqueline Charles and photojournalist José Antonio Iglesias shine a light on the lack of cancer care—including no radiation therapy—in Haiti, just 700 miles from well-resourced Miami. Stories about three women with cervical cancer and two teen boys—one with a brain tumor, the other with Burkitt lymphoma—provide an emotional pull. Statistics reveal the challenges: Radiation in the neighboring Dominican Republic costs at least $10,000, out of reach for Haitians living on $2 a day; even Pap smears are $25 or more. Charles and Iglesias examine solutions, including self-test kits for cervical cancer and garment factory clinics that screen workers for cervical cancer and treat pre-cancerous lesions. As Haiti wrestles with urgent medical concerns such as cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis, these journalists make a case for why cancer shouldn’t be ignored.