Health considerations of refugees

| February 12, 2018

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Like this week’s Farmer stories, our Script of the week focuses on refugees.

Unfortunately, the needs of refugees are not always addressed by the media during a crisis. Instead, there may be more focus on providing information to foreign journalists about the activities of relief agencies. But refugees need information that can help them to take a more active role in the relief effort.

Before broadcasting information to refugees in your region, educate yourself about who they are. Where are they located? Do they live in official or unofficial camps, on a short-term or long-term basis? What kinds of problems, including local epidemics, do they face? With this knowledge, you can provide valuable information that other media may not be providing.

These five radio spots—on clean delivery kits, water safety and storage, caring for sick children, men’s mental health, and preventing HIV and AIDS—can help start discussions about the physical and mental health problems that refugees in your area face. One way to use these spots is to do a role-play. Imagine you are a visitor (or maybe a resident) walking through the camp. As you go, you overhear different conversations.

The information contained in the intro to each scene is intended as a guide only. Depending on whether you air the spots on the same day, or over several days or weeks, you might want to include additional information here—reintroducing the topic, setting the scene, or recapping some of the information.