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Speaking of Women’s Bodies: Baywatch star Alexandra Paul helps women find a voice

April 19th, 2012 by PMC | Add a Comment

By Maria Fotopoulos

April 13, 2012

International Women’s Day, Earth Day and Mother’s Day celebrate women and honor mothers—those we birth, those who birth us, and the one that provides for us every day of our lives: Mother Earth. So how fares the female half of the world’s Alexandra Paulpopulation? One country in West Africa recovering from decades of civil war is making noteworthy progress, while here in “first world” United States, women suddenly face threats to long-secure reproductive rights.

In Sierra Leone, Pacific Palisades resident Alexandra Paul, former cast member of the hit ’90s TV show Baywatch, has been working with the Population Media Center (PMC) to take advantage of the popularity of radio soap operas to create positive outcomes in women’s lives.

Always a concerned environmentalist and “populationist,” the actor made a personal choice early on not to have children, and had worked previously with PMC’s Global Population Speak Out program to raise awareness. When PMC again sought her help, this time in casting and teaching actors for their new series in Sierra Leone, she was excited, if not as prepared as she might have anticipated. “I’ve been acting for 30 years but I’d never taught acting, so I had to do my homework,” said Paul of her contribution to what ultimately will result in a 208-episode series of 15-minute radio shows.

The soaps use the “edutainment” methods of Miguel Sabido, who filmed telenovelas in 1970s Mexico to promote family planning and other social development goals. Results there were gratifying: During one nine-month series, contraceptive sales increased 23 percent and 560,000 women enrolled in family planning clinics. Equally important, 2,000 women signed up to volunteer in Mexico’s national family planning program—an idea suggested in the telenovela. Finally, after 40 years of rapid population growth, the fertility rate in Mexico began to slow, thanks to the power of media.

Despite being rich in diamonds, gold and other deposits, Sierra Leone, a mostly Muslim country, has a 70 percent poverty rate and a 6 million population expected to double in 30 years. Forty percent confirm radio is their most important source for all health matters, so for this new project, PMC worked with locals for two weeks prior to Paul’s arrival, writing radio episodes about contraceptive use, gender violence, general reproductive health and family planning, HIV/AIDS, and a serious condition known as obstetric fistula that can occur in difficult childbirth when there is inadequate medical care. The celebrity guest spent her first day on site casting 15 roles from among 70 auditioning actors, many “very talented,” said Paul. Five shows were produced during her stay, and now “PMC will do a lot of testing to see how well their shows play,” she explained.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.wholelifemagazine.com/blog/?p=3683

Population Media Center Opens Recording Studio in Sierra Leone

March 13th, 2012 by PMC | Add a Comment

I am happy to share two articles on PMC’s work in Sierra Leone. The first reports on the opening of a new radio station, and the second on the efforts of PMC program advisory board member and Hollywood actress Alexandra Paul to help train local actors.

As a reminder, Sierra Leone is a country of approximately 6 million people with a population doubling time of 32 years. The total fertility rate of 5 children per woman is among the highest in the world. This high fertility rate is compounded by low use and knowledge of modern contraceptive methods by men and women throughout the country.

The fertility rate is, in part, a reflection of the ideal number of children among married women (5.3) and among married men (6.8). Only 7% of married women (15-49 years of age) in Sierra Leone use a modern method of contraception. Among non-users of modern contraception, the reasons given for non-use are partner opposition (14.4%), fear of side effects or health concerns (14.2%), personal opposition (13.5%), lack of knowledge of methods or sources (12%), wanting as many children as possible (10.8%), and religious opposition (9.3%). Cost was cited by only 1.3%, and lack of access was cited by only 0.3%.

In Sierra Leone, As they seek to address health issues….Population Media Center Opens Radio Station

See: http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/article_200519774.shtml

In order to complement government efforts in the health sector, the Population Media Center (PMC) has opened a new radio studio in Sierra Leone to help entertain and educate the people on health issues. This was disclosed to pressmen during an open house press conference at PMC office in Freetown.

In his statement, the country director PMC Mr. Victor Massaquoi said they now have a brand new studio that was state of the art, with all sophisticated and advanced modern equipment. He informed that, they had experts who will soon start to train people to disseminate pertinent messages that are relevant to health issues, adding that, PMC will be producing serial radio drama in episodes that will focus on changing the behavior of people especially rural residents who do not have ideas about basic and domestic well beings.

He said, every Sunday and Wednesday around 7pm to 9pm, they in the Western Area will link with Radios in the Southern, Eastern and Northern Provinces of the country to entertain and educate the people. He went on to explain how essential family planning is and why they should educate the people on it.

Kriss Barker who doubles as vice president PLC International said, they were looking for new talents to help educate them in the art of disseminating messages that are relevant on health issues. She informed that, research conducted by UNFPA has revealed that a lot of health education is essential for Sierra Leone.

To read the rest of the article, click here: http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/article_200519774.shtml

PMC team up with Hollywood actress to train local actors

See: http://www.awoko.org/2012/02/27/pmc-team-up-with-hollywood-actress-to-train-local-actors/

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.

To read the rest of the article, click here: http://www.awoko.org/2012/02/27/pmc-team-up-with-hollywood-actress-to-train-local-actors/

PMC teams up with Hollywood actress to train local actors

March 5th, 2012 by PMC | Add a Comment

By Abibatu Kamara

Awoko Newspaper – March 5, 2012

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.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.awoko.org/2012/02/27/pmc-team-up-with-hollywood-actress-to-train-local-actors/