An Assessment of Radio-Based Education about Female Genital Cutting and Health and Human Rights Issues in Douentza, Mali
34 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2018
Date Written: September 17, 2018
Mali ranks 175 out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index; its health and literacy indicators are correspondingly low. As of 2013, the rate of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)—widely regarded as a human rights violation—was 89%. In 2014, an interdisciplinary team partnered with local organizations in Douentza, Mali, to create a public health album of six songs. The songs were broadcast frequently on the local radio station and provided information on FGM/C, malaria, HIV/AIDS, girls’ education, breastfeeding, and sanitation. In 2015, a study was implemented to assess the impact of this album. The study aimed to capture knowledge about these topics following identified exposure to the radio-based programming, and also the use of radio as a means of health and human rights education, with a focus on FGM/C. Over 90% of respondents reported daily radio listening, many listening over five hours per day. Being a listener for 1-5 hours per day was associated with a higher score of ‘public health knowledge’ compared to those with lower listening frequency. Radio appears to be a significant part of daily routines in central Mali, as well as a valuable and accessible tool to transmit information, particularly for lower literacy individuals.
Keywords: Radio, Education, FGM/C, Health and Human Rights
JEL Classification: K10, K30
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