Coronavirus prevention campaign through Community Radios in Bangladesh

Eighteen Bangladeshi Community Radio Broadcasters has started broadcasting program on Coronavirus Education for the rural people about the virus and the precautionary measures needed to escape the infection for making aware since March 01, 2020.

A broadcaster in each radio stations was assigned as the focal person to coordinate the special education program. The radios are broadcasting 4 hours program altogether on Corona virus contamination, precautionary steps for preventing contamination, symptoms of the patients, service provider, service providing agencies and service delivery points, experts’ opinions, and the role of rural people in line with WHO COVID-19: Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan OPERATIONAL PLANNING GUIDELINES TO SUPPORT COUNTRY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE.

The Focal of the community radio stations are- Ms. Lutfunnahar Happy, Producer, Cell: 01723577740 of Community Radio Chilmari, Kurigram; Ms. Akhi Akter, Asst. Producer, Cell: 01757534092 of Radio Sarabela, Gaibandha; Md. Mohaimanul Islam Rafi, Producer, Cell: 01773522380 of Radio Mukti, Bogra; Mr. Rezaul Karim, Producer, Cell: 01723967912 of Radio Mahananda, Chapainawabgonj, Mr. Asad Akand, producer, Cell: 01711 28 37 62 of Radio Padma, Rajshahi; Md. Masud Rana, Asst. Producer, Cell: 01744424706 of Radio Boral, Bagha, Rajshahi; Md. Imon Hasan, Producer, Cell: 01763919073 of Radio Jhenuk, Jhenaidah; Mr. Mamun Hossain, Producer, Cell: 01789511571 of Radio Nalta, Satkhira; Md. Salman, Producer, Cell: 01771 480457 of Radio Lokobetar, Barguna, Md. Shamim Mridha, Producer, Cell: 01713 68 88 89 of Krishi Radio, Amtoli, Barguna; Ms. Konika Rani, Asst. Station Manager, Cell: 01708120390 of Radio Meghna, Charfashion, Bhola; Mr. Afser Hossain, Producer, Cell: 01745385680 of Radio Sagor Dwip, Hatiya, Noakhali, Ms. Mohasena Akter Mina, Producer, Cell: 01849266558 of Radio Sagor Giri, Sitakund, Chattogram; Mr. Abdul Aziz, Asst. Producer, Cell: Radio Naf, Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar, Mr. Md. Al Amin, Producer, Cell: 01718199056 of Radio Pollikontho, Moulvibazar and Mr. Moshiur Rahman, Senior Presenter, Cell: 01614202910 of Radio Bikrampur, Munshigonj and Mark Manash Saha | Program Coordinator| +88 01712 144 180 |

The focal of the radio stations are collecting and following the information from Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Government of Bangladesh, UNICEF and WHO for developing programs about Coronavirus prevention in different formats like- news, Public Service Announcement (PSA), radio talks, magazine, drama, jingles, interview and expert opinions etc.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been monitoring the situation 24 hours and coordinating community radio program on prevention of Corona virus contamination centrally. BNNRC has also been developing program guidelines and materials for the community radios by considering the situation and update information. This awareness campaign will be continued unto the normal situation is bring back.

Contact: Mark Manash Saha | Program Coordinator| +88 01712 144 180 |