Community radio stations join hands to fight Covid | India News

In April, simply weeks into the lockdown, Mandakini ki Aawaz – a neighborhood radio station in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district – had telephones ringing off the hook. Whereas some listeners had been in a jubilant temper for having discovered a black stone close to their residence, others had been terrified at the truth that it wasn’t there.
It turned out {that a} WhatsApp ahead had prophesied that presence of a “magical black stone” meant that they might not get Covid-19, whereas the absence meant that they might get the dreaded illness. The station swung in to motion broadcasting an interview with the director of the Uttarakhand Science Training and Analysis Centre who helped bust the pretend information.
At a time when misinformation and quackery has taken over social media messaging, six neighborhood radio stations in Uttarakhand have come collectively beneath the banner of Umeed Community or Hope to supply related domestically produced content material that not simply tackles pretend information but additionally gives listeners with useful insights. These vary from data associated to new quarantine guidelines, domestically accessible meals that may be nutritious and wholesome, stress-busting methods, instructional programming and leisure.
The community started in March and accomplished a 100 days on July 21. Individuals’s Energy Collective, a neighborhood communications specialist organisation, working in Uttarakhand since 2013 in CR, reached out to all of the CR stations within the state, asking in the event that they wish to work collectively, to help their respective communities all by means of this Covid-19 interval. PPC founder Saritha Thomas, who helped arrange Mandakini Ki Awaaz, stated, “It was an open invitation to collaborate, to leverage one another’s strengths and maximise the affect of high quality domestically related content material, on our communities.”
Inside three days CR stations together with Kumaon Vani, Radio Khushi, Howdy Zindagee, Pantnagar Janvani and Mandakini ki Aawaz joined as collaborators. The community collectively reaches out to probably 16,22,000 throughout 10 districts of Uttarakhand.
Working beneath extreme constraints the community has been producing content material, in Hindi, Garhwali and Kumaoni, that features addressing neighborhood’s issues and queries, interviews with medical experts, scientists and nutritionists. Among the many points which have been in focus are alcohol habit, addressing excessive ranges of stress and medical recommendation to communities that don’t have entry to dependable cell networks and web connectivity.
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