Mobilizing radio

to respond to
the pandemic

Our response

In partnership with UNICEF and other public health organizations, the Children’s Radio Foundation is focusing on re-directing our youth radio networks to safely respond to the needs of listeners in individual communities by providing critical and up-to-date information on COVID-19. As much as possible, we will provide resources that are specifically relevant to young people and to the different local realities we work across the African continent.

Wash your hands regularly
with soap or an alcohol-based
hand rub.
2 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
with unwashed hands.
3 Cover your cough or sneeze
with a flexed elbow or a tissue,
then throw the tissue in the bin.

4 Leave about 1 metre between
you and others when you are out in
Avoid densely populated areas
like bus stations, taxi ranks
and shopping centres.
6 Adhere to safety measures
put in place by your
7 Remember, your safety and health come first.
Make sure you’re safe and protected before
pursuing any story.

How to report on COVID-19

To ensure the safety of our 750 Youth Reporters during the COVID-19 crisis, all in-person reporting, and broadcasting activities have been suspended and replaced by remote reporting and broadcasting. We have developed curriculum material and trained our Youth Reporters to equip them to adjust and still have their voices heard in this new reality. The resources are also being shared beyond our Network to radio stations across the continent currently grappling with the same challenges.


COVID-19 stories

Find out what it's like to live with someone who is essentially at high risk of contracting COVID-19 because of their work.
May 21, 2020
Even though it’s not easy to be home, Busisiwe Matlou from Lebwakgomo, Limpopo and her family understand the importance of staying home and staying informed.
May 13, 2020
Nwabisa Godangwana from Khayelitsha runs a fashion design business as a side-hustle. Like other entrepreneurs, the COVID-19 lockdown has pushed her to be flexible and creative.
May 8, 2020
Lloyd aka ‘DJ Barkzzz’ is a motivational speaker, community leader and DJ living with a disability in Alexandra township. When a 21 day lockdown period was announced for South Africa, Lloyd asked himself how he can continue being of service to those in need.
May 5, 2020
A young man who runs a business selling chickens from his home in Lusaka, tells us how the pandemic has affected his customers, his lifestyle, his emotions, and his pocket.
April 24, 2020
A shortage in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) finds paramedics in Zimbabwe unable to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
April 17, 2020

Latest Numbers

Media Hack want to help spread reliable data about COVID-19. They’ve made a small widget that anyone can embed on their own website. The widget is a small iframe that you can add to your website and it lists the most recent data available on COVID-19.

Click on the widget to access the full dashboard of statistics or click here to access the code.