PMC is producing Kwishilya (“Over the Horizon”) in Zambia. This 156 episode radio show airs from January 2019 to July 2020 in Bemba, one of Zambia’s official languages.

Kwishilya releases 2 new episodes a week, with additional reruns for each new episode. It is airing on various community stations in the Muchinga, Luapoula, and Central Provinces. Bemba was selected as it is the most widely spoken and understood in the areas of broadcasting.

This show is meant to address adolescent reproductive health, education, child marriage, HIV/AIDS, family planning, and gender-based violence.

As with all PMC shows, Kwishilya was created using PMC’s methodology. 

Making a Difference

It is too soon to know the full impact Kwishilya will have. The goal of the show is to address and create awareness around education, child marriage, reproductive health and rights, maternal and child health, and gender based violence.  

Project Information

Title: Kwishilya (“Over the Horizon”)
Format: Radio Show
Location: Zambia
Language: Bemba
Duration: January 2019 – July 2020 

Administrative Staff:
Country Representative: Charles Kalonga
Deputy Representative: Eric Chiyombwe
Financial Officer: Rabecca Sinyangwe
Marketing & Communications Officer: Mwaka Namwinga
Administrative Assistant: Natasha Mwansa
Moses Mapundu

Creative Staff:
Producer: Bridget Muvunda
Studio Technician: Patrick Chongo
Head Writer: Chengo Musakanya


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