Notes to broadcasters
In many regions and countries, people have difficulty acknowledging that HIV/AIDS exists; in fact they deny that it is a problem. This happens at many levels – with individuals, in families, local communities, and governments. This issue of denial must be addressed before other steps towards combating AIDS can be made. Other important related issues to address are fear of the disease and discrimination of those who have HIV/AIDS.
The following short program is concerned with these problems. It was written by a radio producer who is a member of the South African Community Radio HIV/AIDS Network. Members of the Network share and exchange scripts and audio programs via fax, cassette exchanges, post and e-mail as part of their efforts to increase HIV/AIDS programming in the region.
If you are looking for ways to increase programming, the South African Community Radio HIV/AIDS Network could serve as a useful model. There is good value in collaborating with other radio stations and producers to share programs and program ideas. For more information about the South African Community Radio HIV/AIDS Network, see the article in this issue of ‘Voices’ or contact: the National Community Radio Forum, Suite 109, Private Bag X42, Braamfontein 2017, South Africa, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.ncrf.org.za
This story was written by Rofhiwa Olga Netshikovhela, Producer at Univen Radio, in Thohoyandou, Northern Province, South Africa, 99.8 FM. After hearing the story of Patrick and Trevor, what do you think? Do you personally believe that HIV/AIDS is real? Please contact us at this station with your opinions about this story.
Contributed by Rofhiwa Olga Netshikovhela, Producer, Univen Radio.
Univen Community Radio broadcasts to the town of Thohoyandou and surrounding rural villages within a 50 kilometre radius, in the far north of Northern Province, South Africa. The languages of broadcast are Tshivenda, English, xiTsonga, and Northern Sotho.
Following are some suggested questions to discuss with the participation of your audience after this program has aired.
- How many people believe that HIV/AIDS is real?
- Are people protecting themselves? What are the ways that people can protect themselves?
- What more can be done so that people will be aware of AIDS?