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The Power of Radio to Promote Health and Resilience in Natural Disasters: A Review.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 07 15; 16(14)IJ

Abstract

Humanitarian radio has been used in humanitarian aid efforts and after natural disasters over the last 15 years. However, the effects have barely been evaluated, and there are few scientific reports on the impact of radio as a disaster health response intervention. Therefore, this study aimed to provide an overview of the use and impact of humanitarian radio in natural disasters from a health perspective. A literature review of 13 scientific papers and grey literature resources was conducted. The results show that humanitarian radio could be used to promote both physical and psychosocial wellbeing by providing health-related information, advice and psychosocial support in natural disasters. Community resilience can be enhanced by the promotion of community engagement and can strengthen self-efficacy and community efficacy. Radio also has the potential to cost-effectively reach a large number of affected people in areas with severely damaged infrastructure. Radio could, therefore, contribute to health recovery and wellbeing from both individual and community perspectives. As such, health professionals; crises communication professionals, including radio journalists; and disaster-managing stakeholders should be prepared and trained to use humanitarian radio as an integrated part of the disaster health response in natural disasters.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Health Sciences, Örebro University, 70182 Örebro, Sweden. karin.hugelius@oru.se.First Response Radio, Frome BA11 2SX, UK.Health Communication Resources (UK), Worthing BN13 1AA, UK.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31311142

Citation

Hugelius, Karin, et al. "The Power of Radio to Promote Health and Resilience in Natural Disasters: a Review." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 16, no. 14, 2019.
Hugelius K, Adams M, Romo-Murphy E. The Power of Radio to Promote Health and Resilience in Natural Disasters: A Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(14).
Hugelius, K., Adams, M., & Romo-Murphy, E. (2019). The Power of Radio to Promote Health and Resilience in Natural Disasters: A Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(14). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16142526
Hugelius K, Adams M, Romo-Murphy E. The Power of Radio to Promote Health and Resilience in Natural Disasters: a Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 07 15;16(14) PubMed PMID: 31311142.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The Power of Radio to Promote Health and Resilience in Natural Disasters: A Review. AU - Hugelius,Karin, AU - Adams,Mike, AU - Romo-Murphy,Eila, Y1 - 2019/07/15/ PY - 2019/05/30/received PY - 2019/07/04/revised PY - 2019/07/11/accepted PY - 2019/7/18/entrez PY - 2019/7/18/pubmed PY - 2019/12/31/medline KW - community resilience KW - crises communication KW - disaster KW - disaster response KW - humanitarian radio KW - mental health JF - International journal of environmental research and public health JO - Int J Environ Res Public Health VL - 16 IS - 14 N2 - Humanitarian radio has been used in humanitarian aid efforts and after natural disasters over the last 15 years. However, the effects have barely been evaluated, and there are few scientific reports on the impact of radio as a disaster health response intervention. Therefore, this study aimed to provide an overview of the use and impact of humanitarian radio in natural disasters from a health perspective. A literature review of 13 scientific papers and grey literature resources was conducted. The results show that humanitarian radio could be used to promote both physical and psychosocial wellbeing by providing health-related information, advice and psychosocial support in natural disasters. Community resilience can be enhanced by the promotion of community engagement and can strengthen self-efficacy and community efficacy. Radio also has the potential to cost-effectively reach a large number of affected people in areas with severely damaged infrastructure. Radio could, therefore, contribute to health recovery and wellbeing from both individual and community perspectives. As such, health professionals; crises communication professionals, including radio journalists; and disaster-managing stakeholders should be prepared and trained to use humanitarian radio as an integrated part of the disaster health response in natural disasters. SN - 1660-4601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31311142/The_Power_of_Radio_to_Promote_Health_and_Resilience_in_Natural_Disasters:_A_Review_ L2 - https://www.mdpi.com/resolver?pii=ijerph16142526 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -