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Save the Children Provides Songs with Lifesaving Health and Nutrition Advice to Haitian Radio Stations
Date:2/16/2010

Creole Songs with Tips on Breastfeeding and Basic Hygiene to Help Save Babies' Lives During Upcoming Rainy Season

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PRWEB) February 16, 2010 -- In anticipation of the dangers threatened by the upcoming rainy season in Haiti, after the devastating earthquake in January, Save the Children is providing broadcast-quality songs in Creole, along with public service messages, to radio stations to spread lifesaving health and nutrition advice.

The songs provide Haitian mothers with simple tips and hints about breastfeeding, feeding and hand washing to enable them to better protect their newborn babies and children against preventable diseases and malnutrition.

"The rainy season is approaching in Haiti. And we know that stagnant water and poor sanitation provide a fertile breeding ground for malaria and diarrhea, which are among the biggest killers of babies and young children," said Kathryn Bolles, Save the Children's director of emergency health and nutrition. "These diseases are easily preventable and treatable. So it is crucial for people in the camps to have access to accurate information in their language so they have the tools to protect their children.”

Radio Project Co-Produced Before the Earthquake
The project, a collaboration with the Ministry of Health and with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, produced Creole songs and public service announcements before the earthquake, working with local communities and children. The songs will be aired on local radio stations and Creole services provided by international broadcasters.

"Few people have television or electricity, but they are accessing information by radio. Plus, music is natural entry point," said Bolles. "When people hear a song they like, they are likely to remember the tune and the message. This is an effectiv
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