Cote d'Ivoire: Deutsche Welle produces radio programmes on Ebola

Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire ( PANA) - The German public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, has produced a series of radio programmes for listeners in Africa about the Ebola virus disease raging in West Africa, according a statement received here by issued PANA.

It said that the programmes, already on air since Wednesday, will be initially in English, followed by the French, Hausa, Kiswahili and Portuguese versions. They are expected to deal with nagging questions about the myths and fears surrounding the deadly virus.

The head of the Africa Department at Deutsche Welle, Claus Stacker, noted that despite numerous information campaigns, ignorance persists on the Ebola virus, which is the breeding ground for rumour, uncertainty and fear.

He said that the content of the the programmes (eight in the series) will also present African journalists sharing their experiences, scientific articles, the news agency reports, comments on social networks, then provide evidence to existing concerns responses.

"It is important for us in Europe for not presenting ourselves as all knowing. In this new format, Africans communicate with Africans where survivors of the virus in 2000 in Gulu, Uganda, tell their experiences to help citizens in West Africa," Stacker said.

Among other topics that will also be addressed in the programmes are customs on burial rites, rituals on the remains, hygiene and sexuality, he said.

"This package of programmes was funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs," he said, adding that they reach listeners primarily in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali and neighboring countries shortwave frequency modulation and mobile application.
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20 november 2014 12:39:24

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