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Corona under scrutiny: situation, challenges and unspoken from African states

Sendetermin 01.04.2021 16:00 bis 16:30
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Diese Sendung ist in englischer Sprache. This show is in English Language and presented and moderated by Gea Gracner. It consists of two parts: The first part of  is an interview with Bernadette Schausberger - a medical anthropologist and global health advisor about pandemic challenges in several African countries. In the second part you will hear an interview done by Radio Helsinki show host Peninah on 26. of January. She interviewed her family members from Kenya about their living situation in those challenging times and thus presents a perspective on the Corona situation of people living in an African country.

"The Covid Pandemic is not such a shock there as it is for Europe"

...is what Bernadette Schausberger tells us about her experience of working in developing countries in Africa and Latin America. What she wants to express by that in the first part of the interview, is that there are already so many existing problems like lack of health care, poverty and food and water shortage, that this pandemic is not perceived as such a heavy burden as it is in the global north.

Access to tests, vaccines and face masks not given

Schausberger tells that although health crises are much more common in African countries, the access to medical care and protection measures such as face masks is not secured in most countries of Africa. Healthcare in general is nothing taken for granted and trust in healthcare is also very low, so it is hardly possible to take comparison between the global south and the global north on the pandemic effects. Another huge difference she notes is that dealing with uncertainties and death is more familiar for inhabitants of unwealthy countries.

Global solidarity decreasing

What Schausberger notices, is that global solidarity is decreasing in the pandemic. It seems that there is no time to think of the unpriviledged right now because of the challenges the pandemic puts on the wealthy countries. We don't hear a lot in our media about the pandemic in African Countries, and if we do, Africa is often portrayed as one poverty-ridden region, but hardly ever other than that. African countries of course deal very differently with the pandemic, but what can be observed is that even the wealthier countries struggle hard: South Africa, for example, as one of the richest countries of Africa, had to ask for food donations for the first time. Foreign aid is getting less in times of pandemic, according to Schausberger. 

Water supply in Samburu County

Peninah Lesorogol from Kenya, living in Graz, called her relatives to ask them about the pandemic effects there. Her brother Nelson working in the government of Samburu County tells about home office and that he hasn't received his salary in the beginning of the pandemic. Also he explains how they try to supply more water for the semi-desert region, so people can wash their hands more often. Also you hear Peninahs sister working in Nairobi in the Kenya parliament in the field of women's rights, her brother in law working in aviation and last but not least, her brother who is a wild life conservationist about how they educate people about hygiene measures.


Fotocredits: Bernadette Schausberger

Fotocredits: Peninah Lesorogol

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Das Corona-Update aus dem Freien Radio

English version below

Seit dem 16. März 2020 – dem ersten Tag des ersten Lockdowns – begleiten wir mit dieser Sendereihe durch den neuen und gesamtgesellschaftlich herausfordernden Alltag. Um die zehn Redakteur*innen gestalten mittlerweile drei Mal wöchentlich dieses halbstündige Gesprächs-Format rund um die vielseitigen gesellschaftlichen Auswirkungen der Pandemie. Jede*r ist individuell davon betroffen – ob auf persönlicher oder beruflicher Ebene – das zeigt sich in der breiten Palette unserer Interview-Partner*innen. Auf Englisch und Deutsch befragen wir angefangen von Medien-, Kunst- und Kulturschaffenden, über Menschen in Gesundheits- und Sozialberufen bis hin zu zivilgesellschaftlichen Vertreter*innen aller Altersstufen im In- und Ausland, wie es ihnen in dieser Krise geht, welche Maßnahmen sie im Umgang damit entwickelt haben, welche Forderungen sie an die Regierung stellen, aber auch welche Ängste, Sorgen, Hoffnungen und Wünsche sie derzeit haben. Neben Expert*innengesprächen finden sich Gespräche mit Betroffenen und kritischen Geistern zu selben Teilen. Wir wollen gegen Fake-News und Verschwörungsmythen rund um Covid-19, aber auch gegen autoritäre Tendenzen und Panik antreten. Es ist uns ein Anliegen, den Effekten von drastischen Einschränkungen der Bewegungsfreiheit und gesellschaftlicher Isolation entgegenzuwirken.

Die Sendereihe versteht sich nicht zuletzt auch als ein Archiv der Auswirkungen dieser Pandemie für die Zukunft. Im Programm finden sich neben Gesprächen fallweise auch Übernahmen anderer Freier Radios. Die Sendereihe entstand zunächst in Kooperation mit KIT Land Steiermark (Krisenintervention und Interkonfessionelle Akutbetreuung), mittlerweile besteht diese Kooperation nicht mehr. Kürzlich feierten wir die 100. Ausgabe dieses vielschichtigen Formats.

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Since the 16th of March, 2020 - the first day of the first lockdown - we have been accompanying the new and socially challenging everyday life with this series of broadcasts. Three times a week around ten editors present this half-hour talk format, dealing with the multifaceted social impact of the pandemic. Everyone is individually affected by it - whether on a personal or professional level - this is reflected in the wide range of our interview partners. In English and German, we interview people working in the media, arts and culture, in the health and social professions, as well as civil society representatives of all age groups, both in Austria and abroad. We ask them how they are doing in this crisis, what measures they have developed to deal with it, what demands they are making on the government, but also what fears, worries, hopes and wishes they currently have. In addition to expert interviews, we also present talks with those most negatively affected and critical minds in equal measure. We want to oppose fake news and conspiracy myths around Covid-19, but also authoritarian tendencies and panic. It is our concern to counteract the effects of drastic restrictions on freedom of movement and social isolation.

Last but not least, the series sees itself as a Covid-19 archive for the future. In addition to talks and live conversations, the program also includes occasional re-broadcasts of other free radio stations. This format was initially created in cooperation with KIT Land Steiermark (Crisis Intervention and Interconfessional Acute Support), but this cooperation no longer exists. Recently, we celebrated the 100th edition of this multifaceted format.

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