In Uganda, Grassroots Radio Bridges Health Care Gaps

Javie Ssozi | Open Society Foundations | July 9, 2013

For rural, low income Ugandans, access to health information and to basic health services is limited. Most remain unaware of their health rights, and educational outreach is hampered by low levels of literacy.

That’s where community radio steps in.

In Uganda, radio remains one of the most popular tools in homes because it is an efficient way of delivering information to people—rich or poor, literate or illiterate, adult or young—both in cities and rural areas. Community radio stations also draw content from newspapers and the internet to deliver a variety of information and to ensure regular updates on current affairs.