Rural radio listeners are affected by HIV and AIDS in many ways. Farmers who are infected with HIV may be unable to grow enough food or earn enough money to support themselves and their families. In turn, food insecurity and malnutrition can make HIV-positive people more vulnerable to illness and less responsive to treatment.
Radio programs can be a good way to provide information and share experiences that help reduce the isolation and stigma associated with HIV and AIDS, and allow listeners to make more informed decisions.
Radio and HIV/AIDS: Making a Difference is a handbook developed by UNAIDS and Media Action International. It includes guidelines for radio producers on issues to consider when preparing programs about HIV and AIDS, such as:
- initial research about issues and target audience
- program formats such as spots, interviews, dramas, testimonies, and phone-ins
- making radio interactive and including voices of people with HIV and AIDS
- testing sample programs before broadcast
- building partnerships for greater impact
To download the guide in English, please see: http://data.unaids.org/publications/irc-pub05/jc429-radio_en.pdf