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Fantsuam - plans for local radio

The main news from this week’s UK-Nigeria meeting was John announcing Fantsuam Foundation’s vision for its Community Media Unit (CMU). As this is such a new and important issue all the information has been written up separately under the CMU initiative.

Although the main focus of our discussion was about the CMU the team were able to cover a number of additional issues as well.

Talking Sickle Cell and Stars!

At the time of Wednesday’s weekly UK-Nigeria online meeting, John Dada was busy attending a partners’ meeting of the Network for Water and Sanitation in Kaduna, Nigeria. But he didn’t let a small matter like that stop him contributing to the meeting via email!

As usual, a wide and varied list of topics was discussed, ranging from the treatment of Sickle Cell patients to the wonders of the night sky in Kaduna.

Let me begin with an update on the subject of Sickle Cell and the efforts being made to combat this terrible disease.

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Update about the Almari 'Street Children'.

This is the latest report from Frances - which further illustrates the support that Fantsuam Foundation offers its disadvantaged and diverse community.

Last Friday we ( Frances the author and John) went to visit the Almajari  who are being supported by Fantsuam Foundation.

From hailstones to child protection

Skype delays tried to de-rail our weekly online meeting between rural Nigeria and the UK. However, one of the benefits of using typed skype messaging is that when there is a time lag the participants are able to write up their input for the various agenda items (which is emailed to us a few days before the meeting). The information is then eventually posted and can be read by everyone. The delays which were intermittent meant that the meeting overran by 40 mins but the format meant that those who needed to ‘leave’ on time could do so.

The Meeting: Comfort was unable to attend the meeting this week as she was being interviewed by the local TV station. I was surprised to hear from the Nigeria team members that many homes do actually have a TV and that the issue is one of electricity supply. The real problem being the unreliability and cost of NEPA. As a result most people choose to use either a car battery or a small diesel generator which they then switched on for an few hours in the evenings to watch TV programmes.

It was arranged during the the meeting that on Comfort’s return to Fantsuam, Frances would ‘interview’ her about the interview.
Frances duly did this and sent me her write up later that day which can be seen here.

John then went on to inform us that Edi's department (Health and HIV/AIDS Department I believe) does in fact have  free, weekly spot on the local radio. Fantsuam Foundation are now looking at asking for a weekly TV spot as it will be a useful way of engaging with a wider audience. However, they will need to raise the finance to enable this.

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