"It is urgent and obvious that any covid-19 response must supply people with timely, accurate information."
Charity Intelligence is recommending donors support Farm Radio International for the coronavirus pandemic. Farm Radio has a network of over 1,000 radio programs reaching more than 250 million people in 41 countries across Africa.
To donate to Farm Radio's covid-response
Communication is critical in the early stages of a disease outbreak to give people information. Rumours swirl that Africans cannot get coronavirus. Tanzania’s president, Magufuli, said churches should stay open because the coronavirus is “satanic” and “cannot survive in the body of Christ.” As all have witnessed, fake news has harmful consequences with the quick coronavirus.
Farm Radio International is a Canadian, medium-sized charity with donations of $3.9m in 2018. Typically, a charity of this size would not be front of mind in a global response. Yet Farm Radio has the existing platform and local operations to play an effective role reaching millions quickly in a coronavirus response. Early communication is an urgent need.
Farm Radio International is a Charity Intelligence top-rated charity in 2019 and we have found good demonstrated impact on its agricultural radio programs. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, it quickly pivoted to a covid-19 response putting public health information on the air.
“It’s amazing what good radio can do” is Farm Radio’s tagline. Today, good radio can save lives.
Read more Charity Intelligence articles on covid-19
Charity Intelligence Canada report on Farm Radio International, July 14, 2019
The Economist, “The next calamity: Covid-19 threatens to devastate poor countries”, March 26, 2020
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Farm Radio International Profiles of Progress, September 2010
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