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Papua New Guinea

PMC launched two original 208-episode radio serial dramas in Papua New Guinea as part of the Millennium Development Goals Radio Campaign, where PMC is an implementing partner for the United Nations. Echoes of Change, the English language drama, and Nau Em Taim (“Now Is the Time”), the Pidgin language drama, was broadcast over two years from February 2011 to May 2013. Both dramas were broadcast twice weekly on FM100, PNG’s most popular and far reaching radio station.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is an island in the Pacific just north of Australia, only slightly larger than California in land mass, yet one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. Of the 7 million people in PNG, more than 80% of people live in rural areas of mountainous terrain which prevents many tribes from contact with each other or the outside world. In fact, radio is often the only link in these widely scattered and isolated settlements with low literacy levels.

PMC’s dramas in Papua New Guinea aim to improve reproductive health and encourage environmental conservation in the country by addressing a range of interrelated issues. Nau Em Taim and Echoes of Change each follow three separate transitional characters through the trials and tribulations of their lives as they face daily struggles with poverty, violence, family size, educational barriers, conserving marine resources, land ownership and destruction, the downward spiral of drinking and drugs, HIV/AIDS, and sexual behavior decisions.

“The radio dramas are great because they reflect real life issues. The dramas are giving listeners a lot of positive messages on how to fix bad or negative issues. I like Pita’s story because I am following Agnes (Pita’s daughter) and her dreams of better education and also her love for animals.”

- Derek, Rabaul, East New Britain Province

Read what other listeners have to say about the dramas.

PMC’s programs in PNG are funded by the United Nations, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Population Services International, AusAID, the Flora L. Thornton Foundation, and Colgate-Palmolive.

CONTACT US

Betty Oala
Project Director
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

program@populationmedia.org