A series of articles written by journalist Pendo Ndovie on the milk product, S-26, were published locally (This Day, 23 June 2009) and internationally, leading to the removal of the counterfeit product from the Tanzanian market.
After feeding it to her own baby, Pendo Ndovie suspected that S-26 had been tampered with and was not 100% milk. With many other counterfeit and fake products on the market, she was compelled to do her own research and applied for a TMF individual grant to enable this to happen. 'Without the additional funds and support, it would not have been possible to dig deeper into this issue – interviewing pharmacists, shop keepers, mothers, the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA). “It all takes time and a lot of running around”, she says. “Every story I wrote was published and generated a reaction and response”.