SPECIAL PROJECTS: TB awareness-raising radio project in Tanzania | Children's Radio Foundation

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Mwanza youth reporters

Kicking off 2017, we launch a new project in Tanzania, with the support of the Von Clemm Trust, that will use the power of radio to raise awareness around the prevention, transmission and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in children in Tanzania.

TB takes a heavy toll on the country’s youth, and the rest of the population, with approximately 170,000 cases and 58,000 deaths every year – even though drugs for treatment are readily available. The fight against TB isn’t a scientific or biological challenge, it’s an educational one.  Our goal is to reduce the impact of TB among young people in Tanzania, and this project, supported by the Von Clemm Trust, will train, support and mentor 15 young reporters to create regular radio programmes about the disease.

Working with our partner organisation in Tanzania, the Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN) and along with the support of Operation Asha, we will address social issues surrounding TB such as stigma and discrimination and simple prevention measures to reduce infection.

The weekly radio will be broadcast through MYCN’s partner radio stations in Mwanza and beyond, reaching young listeners across the country. Giving our existing young reporters these skills in communicating about TB, we hope to make a difference in raising awareness and fostering behaviour change to help fight the disease.

Read more about the Lisa Von Clemm Memorial Project here, and stay tuned for updates.

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