association h2n (h2n) is a mozambican non-governmental organization that offers innovative programs to expand community-based communication; works to disseminate effective messages for the promotion of public health; endeavors to promote gender equality; encourages youth engagement; facilitates civic participation; and supports early childhood development. h2n also works to improve health reporting in the media, promote inclusive media and aid the adoption and use of audiovisual tools and digital communication technologies.

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Covid-19 communication efforts evolve to focus more strongly on the quality of information

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Covid-19 communication efforts evolve to focus more strongly on the quality of information

Since the beginning of the year, h2n has been working with community radio stations across the country to address Covid-19 issues from new angles in order to assist the stations to provide high-quality information and address the concerns of their listeners. A major push in this effort has been a series of trainings aimed at overcoming myths and misperceptions related to the pandemic.

“We have seen a wide range of responses to the pandemic,” says Rui Lamarques, the main facilitator of the trainings. “Some people ignore the risks altogether, mostly believing that the pandemic is not real, while others are almost perishing of fear.” Common to this wide range of reaction patterns is the need for people to process a lot of information, including social media posts about magical cures and stories that are not anchored in reality. “Our goal is to improve the quality and reliability of information, so that people can take appropriate measures,” says Lamarques. In recent weeks,

h2n’s southern team has been working with community radio stations in Maputo and Gaza provinces, mentoring radio reporters on how to produce impactful stories that help their listeners navigate the information landscape, mostly by framing issues within day-to-day contexts and examples. “Producing relevant and impactful stories improves our ability to inform the community,” says Nelson Chunguane, coordinator at Gwevhane community radio in Xinavane.

The Covid-19 activities are within the scope of the CRP2 project funded by the Norwegian Embassy. h2n works with community-based communication, produces television programs and videos, organizes youth centers and pursues a comprehensive gender equality agenda.

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