An International Non Governmental Organisation, Population Media Center (PMC) has teamed up with Hollywood actress Alexandra Paul to train local actors and actresses for PMC’s newest series in the country.
Alexandra Paul is best known for her role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in TV series “Baywatch”. She has been a long time advocate of population issues.
The training which started on 25th February will end on March 1st 2012. Alexandra will help PMC create highly engaging drama that will help empower women and promote the use of family planning.
Addressing guests on Friday at the official opening of their state of the art recording studio at their Congo Cross office in Freetown, PMC Country Director Victor Massaquoi explained that they will produce 298 episodes on reproductive health which is supported by UNFPA and Marie Stopes. He added that the project on reproductive health rights will last for three years. The project he said will address malaria prevention, reproductive health and family planning, adolescent reproductive health and unwanted pregnancies, gender based violence, HIV/AIDS, Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) and stigma and obstetric fistula, delayed care and antenatal care.
The Country Director reiterated that the radio drama series will be aired every Wednesday and Sunday after the training of local actors and actresses and will come on at 7pm to 9pm on different radio stations across the country.
PMC International Vice President Kriss Barker said that the drama series will be entertaining. She added that the episodes will change people’s attitude about reproductive health.
She added that the Writers of the series went through competitive process and their stories are exciting, compelling and entertaining.
Clinical Manager, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone Mrs. Hannah Macauley thanked PMC for bringing them on board. Her organisation she said focuses on reproductive health. Mrs. Macauley maintained that the project will help increase the use of contraceptives and reduce maternal death.
Program Manager Health Education Department, Ministry of Health and Sanitation Sahr Heamor said that the Ministry cannot succeed without working with partners. He stressed “we can’t do it alone”.
UNFPA Country Representative Madam Ratidza Ndlovu said that women face serious challenges of fistula, rape, early marriage, teenage pregnancy and Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
She stated that women suffer and die secretly of these.
A conducted tour of the studio formed a high point of the occasion.
By Abibatu Kamara