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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In the beginning of the year, h2n established the core of the Gender Communication Network (GCN) in Cabo Delgado, a network of community radio reporters focused on issues related to gender equality and the promotion and protection of women’s rights in the province. The main purpose of the GCN is to promote public debate and accountability around structures that create

In close collaboration with the DPGCAS in Nampula, nine local associations and three community radio stations, h2n has been organizing the distribution of 1,000 water buckets (baldes com torneira) and large amounts of soap, bleach and other personal hygiene products to vulnerable groups in Nampula city this week. These groups include the elderly, disabled, widows, victims of domestic violence and

In response to a request from MISAU, and in order to aid social distancing efforts, Midia Lab and h2n now stream live feeds from the ministry’s daily press briefings and produce the images that Mozambican television stations use in their news broadcasts. The television images go out via TV Cabo, whereas the live feed goes directly to Facebook over the

As part of a larger COVID-19 community communication effort financed by Norway, h2n is producing a daily news podcast and newssheet called Xipalapala Info that is shared with all the country’s community radio stations and broadcast several times per day by at least a third of them. In addition, the h2n team is producing radio spots and songs about the

As part of a broader COVID-19 community communication effort financed by Norway, h2n has been working with Mozambican artists over the last six weeks to produce music in Portuguese and local languages on pandemic themes, such as wearing masks, keeping distance, protecting the elderly and being stronger together. The songs are all original, recorded in studio and accompanied by music

With funding from OSISA, h2n started implementing its Youth Hubs program in Cabo Delgado in January this year. The Youth Hubs engage young people aged 14-20 by training and involving them in radio production and facilitating the development of life skills, motivating positive action and instilling a sense of hope and ambition. Building on the existing social infrastructure of its

As the corona virus pandemic continues to expand, the importance or implementing preventative measures is growing. The country is currently facing a dual challenge of disseminating accurate, timely and potentially lifesaving messages on the one hand and countering a steady flow of disinformation on the other. This challenge has been referred to by some as an infodemic. In partnership with

This week, h2n is bringing together twelve community radio journalists from eight Cabo Delgado CR stations in Pemba for trainings and consultations on community engagement, gender equality and accountability at the local level through investigative journalism. The activities are carried out under the auspices of the Norway-funded CRP2 project and an OSISA-funded community engagement and accountability project, which includes the