‘Since their invention, radios have played a crucial role in public health communications – especially in the event of disasters and public emergencies. That’s why they’re one of our 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health.

‘In fact, the CDC works with health departments to maintain a radio network in case other means of communication fail. And in Malawi, a program called “Life Is Precious” profiles people with public health lessons to impart.’

‘Research has shown that radio shows can reduce stigma associated with and increase testing for HIV, as well as improve outcomes for other conditions in developing nations. In Malawi, a program called Life is Precious showcases role models the audience can identify with and covers topics including maternal health, poor nutrition, and diarrheal diseases.’


I would be interested to hear people’s experience of health education and public health messaging on radio.

Given the failure of public health communication during the Ebola crisis, it seems that radio was relatively ineffective in providing reliable health information to the people, and countering mininformation and myth? Or, perhaps, radio was used appropriately but other channels such as mobile health networks dominated and spread misinformation?

Best wishes, Neil

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