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For World Development Information Day today, we speak to Carlos Chirinos, director of SOAS Radio at the University of London, United Kingdom, and visiting professor at New York University, United States, about the role of radio and music in keeping people in West Africa informed about Ebola and access to health services.
He explains why radio’s accessibility and speed of production can save lives during public health emergencies. In his view, musicians can be innovative pioneers who bridge the divide between communities and public health. For example, he talks about ‘Ebola: Invisible Enemy’, a song he’s creating with Malian musicians Amadou and Mariam.
Chirinos believes the global and scientific community must do more to work with musicians and radio stations to ensure public health awareness work is well-informed and appropriate.