The countries most threatened by the Ebola virus —Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea— are also those with the fewest resources to report on the crisis. Three international organizations have launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to get vital equipment to local radio stations in the worst-affected areas.
The global awareness campaign was launched in January 2014 and was followed by three regional campaigns in the second half of the year. During the latter phase, community radios were invited to join in to share information with the farming community, sending their own radio productions regarding community media and rural development.
February 13 is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, and free, independent and pluralistic media.