Accelerating Community Radio Broadcasting through Challenging Time

2 June, 2021

Dear Madam/Sir,

Greetings from Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)|

www.bnnrc.net

BNNRC has been struggling for the last 20 years for opening up and

strengthening the community media sector including Community Radio and

giving focus on its vital role as voices of the voiceless rural people from

2000. BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social

Council (ECOSOC) accredited with the World Summit on the Information

Society (WSIS) of the United Nations and UN WSIS prize winner 2016,

Champion 2017, 2019, 2020 & 2021.

BNNRC has been mobilizing all community radios for developing and

broadcasting awareness building programs on COVID-19: contamination to

protect lives and livelihoods since March 1, 2020 to 31 May 2020. During

March 1, 2020 to 31 May 2020 BNNRC has been working on COVID -19 covering

the following issues: 1. Animate CSOs, Government, health service providers

and communities for reinforcing collective action in pre and during

COVID-19 2. Response for achieving keeping community people’s daily life

normal and livelihood function, 3. Mobilize further cooperation among

government, CSOs, local market and communities’ response

In times of crisis, information saves lives. In the response to Covid-19,

we see how vital it is to get accurate and trusted messages to people so

that they know what they need to do and where they can get help when they

need it. Now 18 Community Radios stations in Bangladesh have been

broadcasting 165 hours of Coronavirus prevention education with the active

participation of community people. There are 1000 community youth and youth

women community radio broadcasters broadcast programs for around 10 million

listeners and viewers.

We have 18 community radio broadcasters as COVID-19 focal points at 18

community radio stations along with 1000 youth and youth women

community broadcasters. We are maintaining 24x7 communication with the

upazila and District COVID-19 committee and upazila and district

administration.

From 1st June, 2020 BNNRC has developed COVID-19: Adaptation Initiative and

Intervention according to Technical Instructions of the Ministry of Health

& Family Welfare on COVID-19 Pandemic to Protect and Control Social and

Institutional Contamination that can help to look at the response through

an equity lens, focus on people’s enhanced capabilities & follow a coherent

multidimensional approach for achieving of the four specific objectives

below:

*1. **Enhance the capabilities of affected communities through an equity

lens for adapting/coping/surviving with the new normal situation *

*2. Focus on enhanced capabilities of Broadcasters and Stakeholders for

exercising new normal and building resilience*

*3. Accelerate of ICT applications for benefitting community people in all

aspects of life*

*4. Effective access to reliable information through ICT and media for

countering infodemic and keeping lives & livelihood easy *

*5. **Create the right environment for vaccine confidence to thrive, the

COVID-19: Vaccine Education & identify the misinformation, disinformation,

and mal-information & facilitate the lives and livelihoods of the people by

providing scientific information to counter the spread of common

misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information in rural Bangladesh. *(From

February 2021)

We have the pleasure to send herewith the details about BNNRC

COVID-19: Accelerating

Community Radio Broadcasting through Challenging Time for your kind

perusal. *Please find the following link:*

*https://bnnrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Accelerating-Community-Radi...

<https://bnnrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Accelerating-Community-Radi...

We thank you in advance for your cooperation. We are looking forward to

your continuous engagement, support and contribution in COVID-19:

Adaptation Priority - Objectives & Broadcast Contents through Community

Radio & Community Visual Radio or any other development issues in

Bangladesh.

We hope you and your members are staying safe and healthy in the current

COVID-19 crisis.

Please stay safe and take care.

With Prayers,

*Bazlu*

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HIFA profile:Bazlur Rahman is Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC). BNNRC is a national networking body working for building a democratic society based on the principles of free flow of information, and equitable and affordable access to Information, Communication Technology (ICT) for remote and marginalized population. BNNRC is an official HIFA Supporting Organisation.

www.bnnrc.net ceo AT bnnrc.net