Soap operas spread word on reproductive health and population [VIDEO]
This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof).
The Brazilian telenovela Paginas da Vida (Pages of Life), which aired from 2006 to 2007, spread progressive messages about reproductive health and other social issues to a mass audience. In this scene, two mothers come to grips with the fact that their teenagers are sexually active. As the more accepting of the moms points out, at least the teens care for each other and are using contraception. This follows a scene in which that same mom freaks out after finding condoms in her daughter’s purse.
The show was developed with assistance from the Population Media Center, which works with teams in developing countries around the world to create soap operas and radio dramas that spread information about family planning, HIV/AIDS, and other health issues. The group claims impressive successes [PDF] in encouraging people to seek out contraception and adopt healthier behaviors.
For more, read an interview with Bill Ryerson, founder and president of the Population Media Center.
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