Bangladesh community radio fights COVID infodemic to save lives

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Bangladesh

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July 23, 2020

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Bangladesh community radio fights COVID infodemic to save lives

Country

Bangladesh

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July 23, 2020

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In times of crisis, sound and accurate information saves lives. For the last 20 years Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been promoting community radio as a means to give people in remote rural areas a voice. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, its work has become all the more urgent.

BNNRC has mobilised community radio to develop awareness programmes on COVID-19 in an effort to protect lives and livelihoods. BNNRC bases its broadcasting strategy on the Sustainable Development Goals. This includes applying an equity lens to tell stories which play to the strengths of all groups in the community and ensures minority groups are not excluded or left behind. The strategy also stimulates using and accelerating ICT solutions for all.

 

The NGO has encouraged collective action from civil society organisations (CSOs), government, health services and communities to fight coronavirus. By furthering cooperation between different sectors of society in their responses to the crisis, BNNCR hopes the community will develop effective coping strategies.

 

Counteracting the infodemic

In the response to Covid-19, community radio is vital to get accurate and trusted messages to people so they know what they need to do. And when they need help, they know where to get it. In Bangladesh, 18 community radio stations have been broadcasting for over 165 hours on coronavirus prevention. Education and the active participation of people in the community provide them with tools they need to protect themselves. The network’s community radio has a huge reach. In all 1000 youth and youth women community radio broadcasters have been making programmes for 6.5 million listeners and viewers. In doing so, they counteract the infodemic of corona myths and misinformation which has accompanied the pandemic.

 

Website: http://www.bnnrc.net

 

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