[FoME] Accelerating Community Radio Broadcasting through Challenging Time

AHM Bazlur Rahman bnnrcbd at gmail.com
Di Jun 1 06:22:17 CEST 2021

*Dear Madam/Sir, *

Greetings from Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)|

BNNRC has been struggling for the last 20 years for opening up and
strengthening the community media sector including Community Radio and
giving focus on its vital role as voices of the voiceless rural people from
2000. BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC) accredited with the World Summit on the Information
Society (WSIS) of the United Nations and UN WSIS prize winner 2016,
Champion 2017, 2019, 2020 & 2021.

BNNRC has been mobilizing all community radios for developing and
broadcasting awareness building programs on COVID-19: contamination to
protect lives and livelihoods since March 1, 2020 to 31 May 2020. During
March 1, 2020 to 31 May 2020 BNNRC has been working on COVID -19 covering
the following issues: 1. Animate CSOs, Government, health service providers
and communities for reinforcing collective action in pre and during
COVID-19 2. Response for achieving keeping community people’s daily life
normal and livelihood function, 3. Mobilize further cooperation among
government, CSOs, local market and communities’ response

In times of crisis, information saves lives. In the response to Covid-19,
we see how vital it is to get accurate and trusted messages to people so
that they know what they need to do and where they can get help when they
need it. Now 18 Community Radios stations in Bangladesh have been
broadcasting 165 hours of Coronavirus prevention education with the active
participation of community people. There are 1000 community youth and youth
women community radio broadcasters broadcast programs for around 10 million
listeners and viewers.

We have 18 community radio broadcasters as COVID-19 focal points at 18
community radio stations along with 1000 youth and youth women
community broadcasters. We are maintaining 24x7 communication with the
upazila and District COVID-19 committee and upazila and district

>From 1st June, 2020 BNNRC has developed COVID-19: Adaptation Initiative and
Intervention according to Technical Instructions of the Ministry of Health
& Family Welfare on COVID-19 Pandemic to Protect and Control Social and
Institutional Contamination that can help to look at the response through
an equity lens, focus on people’s enhanced capabilities & follow a coherent
multidimensional approach for achieving of the four specific objectives

*1. **Enhance the capabilities of affected communities through an equity
lens for adapting/coping/surviving with the new normal situation *

*2. Focus on enhanced capabilities of Broadcasters and Stakeholders for
exercising new normal and building resilience*

*3. Accelerate of ICT applications for benefitting community people in all
aspects of life*

*4. Effective access to reliable information through ICT and media for
countering infodemic and keeping lives & livelihood easy *

*5. **Create the right environment for vaccine confidence to thrive, the
COVID-19: Vaccine Education & identify the misinformation, disinformation,
and mal-information & facilitate the lives and livelihoods of the people by
providing scientific information to counter the spread of common
misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information in rural Bangladesh. *(From
February 2021)

 We have the pleasure to send herewith the details about
BNNRC COVID-19: Accelerating Community Radio Broadcasting through
Challenging Time for your kind perusal. *Please find the  following link:*


We thank you in advance for your cooperation. We are looking forward to
your continuous engagement, support and contribution in COVID-19:
Adaptation Priority - Objectives & Broadcast Contents through Community
Radio & Community Visual Radio or any other development issues in

We hope you and your members are staying safe and healthy in the current
COVID-19 crisis.

Please stay safe and take care. With Prayers,

*AHM. Bazlur Rahman-S21BR *| Chief Executive Officer | Bangladesh NGOs
Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) [Consultative Status with the
ECOSOC of the United Nations]

*Policy Research Fellow*, Shaping the Future of Media, Information &
Culture in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution(4th IR)

House: 9/4 Road: 2, Shaymoli, Dhaka-1207| Bangladesh| Phone:
*+8801711881647 *|  *+88 02 48116262 | **+88 02 9101479 | **+88 02
48119374  *ceo at bnnrc.net | bnnrcbd at gmail.com | http://www.bnnrc.net
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