In 27 years of work, Media Impact and our local partners have produced more than 3,000 episodes of 80 television and radio dramas. Together, these programs have reached more than 1 billion people in more than 40 countries. We are currently working in more than 30 countries, telling the stories that change the world. See what’s on the air, in the editing room and ready for rebroadcast by click on the links.
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Gifty likes Kweku, but she doesn’t like that he lazes around with his friends all day. He’s a mechanic and has skills that could make their community nicer. Though Gifty is respected for working hard to restore the city’s once pristine beaches and protect the local turtle population, her father dismisses her efforts and promises her hand in marriage to avoid arrest for illegal fishing activities.
Bush Melee is a new local radio mini drama about love, life and livelihoods around St Vincent. Tune in to meet Mavis, a jewelry maker who is struggling to single handedly look after her six children to Mr Pappyshow who is known by all for his bad attitude and taste for rum.
Callaloo is a steamy radio drama making a big splash in fifteen Caribbean countries. The compelling drama is part of a larger communications program, My Island – My Community, using media and communications to address a suite of pressing HIV/AIDS, environment, and climate change issues to build community resilience.
PCI-Media Impact and Fundación Social have partnered to train youth community-based organizations and Fundación Social’s staff in Entertainment-Education (E-E) methodology and communication for social change strategies. The program encourages youth to participate in community development plans to build a fair, caring, productive and peaceful society
PCI-Media Impact (Media Impact) and its partners aim to implement Mobilize4Africa, a strategic Communications for Behavior Change Campaign to address the epidemic-level of unmitigated sexual violence against women and girls that continues in post-war Liberia, and improve their sexual and reproductive health rights.
The Mexican State of Chiapas is the first in the world to base its constitution on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Mucho Corazón (A Lot of Heart) is helping spread the word about the MDGs and the importance of sustainable development, gender equity and respect for Indigenous Peoples by weaving information about the MDGs into a dramatic story.
My Chimpanzee–My Community will create a Rwandan radio serial drama that weaves together relevant information on chimpanzees with a compelling and entertaining story.
The My Community, My Water program will produce a 90-episode radiodrama "Sed de Ti", which objective is the positive change community knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to safe water consumption, sanitation and hygiene. The target audience is population in marginal urban and rural areas in the coast, highlands and jungle of Peru (Lima Norte, Piura, Cusco and Iquitos).
Teenage pregnancy is a virtual epidemic in Peru. In the city of Cusco alone, one in five young women has been pregnant between two and four times before her 20th birthday. Adolescent use of contraception is below 2.6 percent, and illegal abortion is on the rise.
In a remote village in the highlands along the Nigeria and Cameroon border, a village is torn apart over plans to pull down the community forest to build a palm plantation. Who is interested in preserving the community’s natural livelihood, and who is simply acting out of self-interest? In Linda’s Joint, corruption, arrests, betrayal and violence befall the village as it comes to grips with the dangers of illicit hunting and deforestation and learns how to survive without destroying its natural resources.
An innovative, creative communications campaign in partnership with Parcs Gabon (ANPN) to saturate popular culture, build awareness and change attitudes with regard to the environment.
My School-My WEEE will be produced into a radio drama in a “by kids, for kids” format and will focus on the methodology of Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (RAEE, Residuos Aparatos Eléctricos y Electrónicos), which addresses issues of recycling electronic devices such as cell phones and computers.
New York, St. Lucia, Mexico
My School – My Community is an exciting program that uses creative media to mobilize students, parents, community members and school staff to create positive changes within school communities and beyond.
This program promotes the conservation of Indochinese tigers in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area in Laos. The issues addressed are tiger conservation, forest conservation, sustainable livelihoods.
Liberia, Sierra Leone
The program employs a multi-pronged communications approach to motivate social change. The program will create a 16 to 24 episode Entertainment-Education radio serial drama to weave together relevant information on Western Chimpanzees with a compelling story modeling desired attitudes and behaviors that will reduce threats to chimpanzee populations.
Promotes the conservation of wildlife through a reduction in unsustainable and illegal bushmeat harvesting in northern Tanzania.
La Caldera” is a small border town where many different paths, realities, people, languages and colors have become intertwined as they experience tender, raw, and violent moments each and every day.
Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone
The Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West Africa Regional Development (STEWARD) program is a forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods program led by a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Forest Service / International Programs (USFS/IP) partnership that focuses on conserving trans-boundary “priority zones” in the Upper Guinean Forest Ecosystem of Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
Colombia, Peru and Bolivia
Strong Voices - Strong Women, a production supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundation, is a regional program dedicated to creating a knowledge-sharing network for organizations to share their experiences and strategies in this field. It seeks to empower NGOs and grassroots organizations to strengthen their capacity to use communications to influence and mobilize public opinion, change policy and promote access to health services.
Vibra Chiapas consists of radio and television magazines and events developed by our partners in Chiapas. The magazines and events are designed with and for youth and promote a wide variety of issues. Main highlighted topics include sexual and reproductive health, sexual and reproductive rights, HIV and AIDS, gender equality, tolerance, and diversity.
PCI Media Impact and Novelas Educativas are partnering to distribute Yo Soy Tu Niña - an original telenovela-style miniseries. The storyline focuses on the contentious relationship between 15-year-old Flor and her father and addresses the issue of teen pregnancy among Latinas - nearly twice the national average. Using E-E strategies, the miniseries helps to better inform Latino youth and improve communication with their parents.
The initiative was born out of Radio Data System’s desire to inform and engage local residents in the campaign to end destructive behaviors. Certain issues center on the burning of forests and the dumping of household waste into the local river.
Aquí no Pasa Nada is a radio drama designed to promote access to information about sexual and reproductive health, gender, HIV/AIDS, STIs, and teenage pregnancy.
Get My Back is a radio drama that aims to increase awareness on issues related to sexual health, such as teenage pregnancy, sexual harassment in school, and generational communication.
Bai Xing focused on the lives of peasants and educated Chinese audiences on family planning. Bai Xing informed audiences that having more than one child would bring social problems, hardships and indefinite poverty.
PCI-Media Impact produced the weekly radio drama Entre la linea del bien y el mal in order to address sexual diversity issues in rural and semi-urban regions of Jalisco, Mexico, where “machismo” and homosexuality are usually not addressed.
In Peru, approximately one out of three people is under 18 years old. 13% of female teenagers between 15 and 19 years old have been pregnant at least once. Only 8.8% of adolescent women are currently using some method of family planning. 51% of teenager women in Peru lack information about STD’s, and HIV/AIDS.
BodyLove is a radio drama that tackles common health issues and targets African American women over the age of 35 in Alabama. Alabama is the second most obese state and has the highest rate of diabetes. Tune into BodyLove, drama that’s good for you. It just might save your life.
Looking for Love is a radio drama designed to promote families free from violence, and to increase the ownership of sexual and reproductive rights in adolescents and women. According to Bolivia’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) 64.1% of women are survivors of some type of violence (sexual, physical, or psychological) perpetrated by a current or ex-partner.
The radio drama Con el Viento a Favor (With the Wind in my Sails) is part of a live magazine shows that broadcast in six different cities in Peru. Each show was designed according to the specific characteristics and needs of the region in which it is broadcast.
Bolivian indigenous people account for 60% of the main population and they face real and perceived barriers in access to health services. Additionally, over 13% of adolescent girls are pregnant or have already had a child.
The three Paz Villa women–a grandmother, her daughter and her grand-daughter–together portray half a century’s worth of struggles for dignity and women’s rights in “The Heart of a Woman”. Their story takes us on a journey through the pains and pleasures of being a woman.
Cortando Sueños was produced to inform Jalisco adolescents about birth control methods, pregnancy, and HIV and AIDS.
In Manabí, Ecuador, 74.8% of the population lives in poverty, 47.4% in extreme poverty. Adolescent pregnancy rates increased, from 9.8% in 1998 to 18% in 2006. For every five births, one is born to an adolescent mother. 20% of adolescent women have had at least one pregnancy.
Dulce Brisas is a radio drama designed to promote awareness in young people about the ways to prevent pregnancies and STIs. According to The Planned Parenthood Federation, one out of 10 adolescent females becomes pregnant each year because of a lack of education or contraceptives. Almost half of Ecuadorian girls do not finish high school.
The Intruder: Protect Yourself Against HIV to educate youth on sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention methods. This program emphasized HIV transmission, prevention of discrimination and stigmatization of HIV and AIDS carriers, and the importance of communication in households regarding HIV.
Esta Boca es Mi Boca was the main feature of the one-hour live talk show “Entre Labios: Voces para Vivir” (Between Lips: Voices for Living). The radio talk show was broadcast during a mixed – format call-in to address reproductive and sexual health.
Del Sur para el Sur addresses food security and environmental sustainability in the southern region of Bolivia. In 2005, 63% of the population of Bolivia (8.8 million people) lived below the poverty line, causing malnutrition which contributes to infant and maternal mortality, mental retardations, and physical limitations.
PCI-Media Impact and partners produced the weekly radio drama Cultivating Love, which is the core feature of the radio talk show Asi es mi Gente (This is My People), which consists of mixed-format call-ins, music, and interviews with experts.
The amount of waste allocated per day in the municipal dump in Guatemala City is around 900 tons. On average, a person in Guatemala City produces 0.727 kilograms of garbage daily. It is estimated there are 1,000 illegal solid waste dumps in Guatemala City. Industries and people living by the river banks have converted the rivers into clandestine garbage dumps.
PCI-Media Impact produced the weekly radio drama “Montaña de Pasiones”, which is the main feature of the one-hour live talk show “Esta Es Mi Gente” (This is my people) to develop sustainable agriculture, reduce wood extraction and preserve native flora and fauna in the mountain.
Globalization often marginalizes rural populations, especially rural farmers who are forced to abandon their traditional production practices. In Anolaima, Colombia, these cultural changes have caused residents to disconnect from their community. But Corporación Tierrafertil, Radio Ecos de Rosarios and PCI – Media Impact are working to revive these important traditions.
Promesas y Traiciones invites you to meet Esteban Vidal, a Mexican immigrant worker who really would do anything to ensure a better life for his daughter Evelyn. The radio soap opera targets Hispanic immigrants in Alabama focusing on chronic disease prevention.
Media Impact is produced this program to promote management of household wastes, conservation of the local Canes river, and communication between the native and rural members of the community to sustain waste management efforts.
Staying Well in Camberwell is an award winning radio drama that tackles chronic disease risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and tobacco addiction in Alabama. The program targets African American residents.
Pachamamanchikta Wagauchasun is a radio drama designed to strengthen the knowledge concerning the separation and final disposal of trash. Geared towards school age children, the program focuses on environmental protection and improvements in health.
Los Colores de la Vida is the main feature of the one hour and thirty minute live talk show: “La Mochila: Un Lugar Donde Encuentras de Todo” (The Backpack: A Place Where You Find Everything).
23% of Guatemalan women had their first sexual experience between the ages of 15-19. 69% of women had their first sexual experience between the ages of 20-24. 92% did not use any STD, HIV or pregnancy prevention measure during their first sexual experience.
Toque Mágico was featured as the principal segment of the 60-minute live show De Pies a Cabeza (From Head to toe). Media Impact produced Toque Magico in partnership with Colectivo Pro Derechos Humanos’s (PRODH), a community-based organization, to educate youth about sexual and reproductive health.
PCI-Media Impact produced this bi-weekly radio soap opera throughout all of Tanzania, calling upon the population to reconsider and discuss family planning methods and their positive impacts on personal and family health.
Ukux Kaj Ukux Ulew created awareness about the protection and conservation of the environment in relation to waste management, depletion of water sources, and air pollution. The radio talk show, which was broadcast in Q’eqchi (Mayan language), addressed waste management and types of garbage, recycling, identification and protection of water sources, and nutrition awareness.
When Margarita, a student at the University who leads a double life as an exotic dancer, is murdered, her friends Ursula and Pacheco develop a plan to catch her suspected killer.
Media Impact produced the weekly radio drama What’s Up with Your Life II? to promote sexual and reproductive health education, family planning, prevention of STIs, HIV, and AIDS, and to encourage adolescents to make positive behavioral choices.
Y Dios me Hizo Mujer was developed to dignify the work of midwifes among community members. Media Impact helped develop a script to professionalize the image of midwifes
Vamos a La Fija is a youth program that includes a radio serial produced by and broadcast for youth in the South of Colombia. The program promotes sexual and reproductive health, communication between generations, and the political participation of young people in their communities.