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The retirement project of George Stuart Atkins: development radio in the time of cybernetics

The retirement project of George Stuart Atkins: development radio in the time of cybernetics

This publication is available in Volume 27, 2017 – Issue 8 of Development in Practice Abstract For years after its start-up in 1979, Farm Radio International (FRI) sent radio scripts and other material to broadcasters in more than 100 developing countries, believing it reached as many as 100 million people. By 2000, however, its unidirectional…

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Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the Issue of Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania

Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the Issue of Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania

Anxiety and depressive disorders among youth are increasingly recognized as a health care priority need in low-income countries such as Malawi and Tanzania. However, there is a dearth of mental health care available for young people with Depression throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as poor mental health literacy, high levels of stigma and discrimination, and…

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A school mental health literacy curriculum resource training approach: effects on Tanzanian teachers’ mental health knowledge, stigma and help-seeking efficacy

A school mental health literacy curriculum resource training approach: effects on Tanzanian teachers’ mental health knowledge, stigma and help-seeking efficacy

Mental health literacy (MHL) is foundational for mental health promotion, prevention, stigma reduction, and care; School supported information pertaining to MHL in sub-Saharan Africa is extremely limited, including in Tanzania. Successful application of a school MHL curriculum resource may be an effective way to increase teacher MHL and therefore help to improve mental health outcomes…

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Thematic briefing note: Promoting gender equality through knowledge and information

Thematic briefing note: Promoting gender equality through knowledge and information

Radio is a powerful tool for reducing gender inequality and addressing women’s specific needs and interests. Farm Radio International works towards these goals with programs that meet the information needs of rural women and men. With good information on agriculture and marketing, health and nutrition, women and men are empowered to make choices and influence…

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Evaluating Community Health Care Providers Knowledge and Self- Confidence in the Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Depression in Tanzania

Evaluating Community Health Care Providers Knowledge and Self- Confidence in the Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Depression in Tanzania

Depression, which frequently onsets in young people, is projected to become the largest single burden of disease globally in the next decade. Its impact may be disproportionately felt in low-income countries, such as Tanzania, where availability of appropriate care in the community is poor. As part of the development of a health provider work force…

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Brief: An Integrated Approach to Addressing Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania

Brief: An Integrated Approach to Addressing Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania

Mental Health On Air is a unique initiative funded by Grand Challenges Canada and led by Farm Radio International in collaboration with teenmentalhealth.org, Farm Radio Trust and the World University Services of Canada to raise awareness about teenage Depression and improve mental health services for young people in Malawi and Tanzania. Mental Health On Air…

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Midterm report: Integrated Mental Health in Malawi and Tanzania

Midterm report: Integrated Mental Health in Malawi and Tanzania

This report is a summary of data collected in Malawi by local partners to assess the impact of the integrated program on overall objectives at midpoint (covering the period Nov. 2012 – Sept 2014). In addition to providing a preliminary assessment of results to date, the midterm evaluation has proved useful to provide the team…

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The new age of radio: How ICTs are changing rural radio in Africa

The new age of radio: How ICTs are changing rural radio in Africa

The African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) was a 42-month action search project implemented by Farm Radio International in partnership with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AFRRI set out to test the effectiveness of a new type of radio campaign: the participatory radio…

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Marketing on the airwaves Marketing information service MIS and radio

Marketing on the airwaves: Marketing information service (MIS) and radio

The African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) was a 42-month action search project implemented by Farm Radio International in partnership with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AFRRI set out to test the effectiveness of a new type of radio campaign: the participatory radio…

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Participatory Radio Campaigns and Food Security

Participatory Radio Campaigns and Food Security

The African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) was a 42-month action search project implemented by Farm Radio International in partnership with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AFRRI set out to test the effectiveness of a new type of radio campaign: the participatory radio…

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