Gauteng community radio stations have pledged to raise awareness about tuberculosis (TB) in their communities.
The community radio stations participated in a one day workshop that was hosted by the USAID TB CARE II South Africa Project in collaboration with the Department of Health in Johannesburg in July.
The workshop was aimed at sensitising the media on the Mass TB Screening Campaign which is being undertaken by country.
Radio stations that were represented were Thetha FM, Alex FM, Jozi FM, Diepsloot Radio, Sedibeng FM, Eldos FM, MAMS FM and Vaal FM.
They were joined by five community based organisations from the communities within which they broadcast.
The workshop programme included a presentation on the campaign, training on health reporting and challenges thereof. Moreover, they were trained on Basic TB Management from which they were made to understand what TB was and its burden in the country.
They were expected to use information received to develop strategies on how to structure their programming in order to incorporate TB messages and helping to combating TB in their communities.
Ms. Lerato Legoabe, who is the project Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation (ASCM) Advisor gave a background on the campaign. She showed that community radio listenership was increasing making them a key partner in the fight against TB.