Brooklyn Chest Hospital - Hazel's story
In April 2013, CRF started working with young tuberculosis (TB) patients at Cape Town‘s Brooklyn Chest Hospital in South Africa.
TB patients are confined to the hospital for months at a time, often far from their family and friends. During the first recording session, the young people shared their personal experiences of dealing with TB, and the difficult path to wellness. Hazel is 17. She told the story about how she fought her way back from a coma, learned to walk again, and how positive she is about overcoming tuberculosis for good.
Radio is an important place to share information concerning young people's wellbeing, and to get youth thinking carefully about issues that are crucial to their own health and safety.
We teach our youth reporters to report holistically on health topics that affect young people in their particular community, and encourage them to bring out the nuanced stories and experiences of youth who have dealt with specific health issues.
From HIV and AIDS to diabetes to child eye care, the young reporters teach listeners about the ins and outs of various health concerns, but also refer them to the health resources and care centers within their community. They work hard to connect their radio reporting to the aims of health care professionals, and seek to amplify the work being done by public health specialists on the ground.