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AMARC to fight against Zika in Latin America and the Carribbean

Wednesday 30 March 2016, by SIGNIS

Montreal, March 30th, 2016 (AMARC). The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) joins UNESCO, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent and the World Health Organization in the fight against Zika virus.

Since March 21, and until April 17, AMARC will mobilize community radio stations from its network in Zika-affected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to help disseminate prevention and health-related information via an international radio campaign.

A series of three radio information spots produced by UNESCO, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent and the World Health Organization is available in four major languages of the region: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

These spots are available to all community radio stations members/affiliated to AMARC for broadcast from March 21 to April 17, 2016.

Different sports are available:

  • "Protection from vector" (Spot 1) provides general information and effective measures to respect, to protect oneself his community. It is a general mobilization message.
  • "Protect pregnant women" (Spot 2) aims to educate pregnant women about the specific risks of Zika virus. The virus is transmitted from mother to child, so it is important to protect especially pregnant women. This is everyone’s concern.
  • "Avoiding rumours" (Spot 3) aims to propagate real and valid information about the virus and risks. This is to dispel the rumours and not to let a panic atmosphere arise in communities.

Listen and download the audio spotrs

All relevant information and information about this campaign is available on UNESCO’s thematic webpage.

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