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UNICEF Nigeria helps local radio producers raise bird flu awareness

Within one year, the avian influenza spread to 23 of Nigeria’s 36 states, and the number of individuals infected may have been greater than the estimates reported in this article due to flawed monitoring systems. UNICEF Nigeria devised a simple solution to spread public awareness and decrease the spread of avian influenza. It did not involve state-of-the-art technology or online campaigns; the solution was local radio. This media source provided the Nigerian people the opportunity to voice their questions and gain the knowledge they needed to remain healthy. This article demonstrates that the most effective solutions may not always be the solutions that utilize the world’s newest technologies.

Hill, MacArthur. “UNICEF Nigeria helps local radio producers raise bird flu awareness.” UNICEF. 12 March 2007. Web. 6 July 2012. <http://www.unicef.org/videoaudio/nigeria_39040.html>.

 

Eric Kabera: Film pioneer helps Rwanda build new identity

During the 100-day Rwandan genocide, 800,000 people were killed. Somehow this shocking figure, along with other tribal wars and conflicts, passes by forgotten or largely unnoticed by the international community. But to the Rwandan people, the memories and pain remain. Some people may recognize modern films like Hotel Rwanda that center around the genocide, but they are likely not aware of the film 100 Days – a film that was produced by Rwandan film pioneer Eric Kabera. According to Kabera, it is important to make films that both show the truth and capture the beauty of the culture and lives in Rwanda before the genocide. He still works to reveal the truth of Rwandan history, capturing stories that may not otherwise be told.

Lillian, Leposo and Samantha Weihl. “Eric Kabera: Film pioneer helps Rwanda build new identity.” CNN International. 3 July 2012. Web. 4 July 2012. <http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/02/world/africa/eric-kabera-rwanda-film/index.html?hpt=iaf_t5%3E>.

 

New Online Platform Facilities Two-Way Communication Flow between Local Communities and Humanitarian Agencies in Central African Republic

This article announces the advent of the Humanitarian Crisis Map for the Central African Republic, a new program that initiates communication back and forth between humanitarian organizations and local citizens. Through this tool, locals report their urgent needs, in order for responders to direct their efforts more efficiently. The interactive program improves immediate emergency response and enhances community participation. Especially in a country where resources are limited, the Humanitarian Crisis Map gives the local communities a voice and a sense of security.

“New Online Platform Facilitates Two-Way Communication Flow between Local Communities and Humanitarian Agencies in Central African Republic.” Internews. 1 June 2012. Web. 2 July 2012. <http://www.internews.org/our-stories/project-updates/new-online-platform-facilitates-two-way-communication-flow-between-locals>.

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