submitted by Anna Gohmann
Responding to Haitians’ Questions A daily radio program for earthquake-affected communities recently broadcast its 100th program. “News You Can Use” (“Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen”), produced by Internews and supported by USAID, reaches more than 3 million Haitians via 27 local radio stations and addresses topics including shelter and settlement; health; food, water and sanitation; and disaster risk, assessment and damage. The programs are based on listeners’ questions – 100 daily on average – submitted via text message and ongoing surveys.
Raising Public Awareness USAID, in coordination with the Haitian government, is supporting TV and radio public information campaigns aimed at addressing gender-based violence, security and health. “Stop the Rape” (“Kwape Kadejak”) PSAs are airing on large screens in many of Haiti’s spontaneous settlements during the World Cup and on other popular TV programs. The PSAs, which are produced with USAID funding by the Pan-American Development Foundation and Population Services International, inform audiences about reporting and prosecuting rape and other violence; preventing HIV and malaria; and hygiene and family planning.
Supporting Meteorological Services The National Meteorological Centre of Haiti has launched a website to disseminate public alerts and warnings. The Centre also will communicate information via e-mail, radio and TV to Haitian government and U.N. agencies, NGOs, disaster-affected communities and media. The U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization and USAID joined forces to re-establish and support the Centre after the earthquake severely damaged Haiti’s meteorological capabilities.
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