PANOS FOR KIDZ – Adding Children’s Voices to the Caribbean’s Development Agenda & Debate

Approximately 10,000 children in the Caribbean are HIV positive. Panos For Kids is a 5-minute radio programme which adds a crucial aspect to the region’s development agenda and feeds into public debate and action to address issues that affect children.

Children and young people are sometimes severely affected by HIV and AIDS, but their voices are often missing from discussions and debates about the issue.

Access to Treatment, Prevention and Care is a crucial challenge that children who are HIV positive face, as, it is only recently that HIV medication (paediatric Anti-retrovirals – ARVs) became available worldwide.

Even so, access to paedriatic Anti-retrovirals is still a major challenge in developing countries such as Jamaica and other countries in the Caribbean which usually face challenges with healthcare and funding for HIV and AIDS treatment programmes.

HIV-related stigma and discrimination is also another major issue that impact children and young people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.  This sometimes negatively affects their mental and emotional development including self esteem as well as their social interaction and adjustment including their educational achievements.

The short radio programmes and Public Service Announcements, PSAs, are among the media productions developed by a group of 20 children and young people who participated in Panos Caribbean’s Youth Journalism programme in Jamaica between 2006 and 2009.

The programmes were broadcast on Jamaica and regional radio stations and disseminated online.

Panos For Kidz seeks to positively impact public perception of the issues and stimulate useful debate with an aim to change harmful and incorrect perception about HIV and AIDS and persons directly impacted by the illness.

The group is part of Panos Caribbean’s Youth Journalism Programme which the organization began in 2006 in Haiti and Jamaica. Panos has established a total of 16 Youth Journalism Groups in the region, two of which are in Jamaica.  One is located in Kingston and the other in Mocho, Clarendon. The group in Clarendon focuses on the environment while the one in Kingston focuses on HIV related issues affecting children and young people as well as Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Click The audio files below to listen to the radio programmes and Public Service Announcements, (PSAs)
[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/31-YANIQUE.mp3|titles=31 - YANIQUE]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/30-SHALARA.mp3|titles=30 - SHALARA]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/29-SAMANTHA-2.mp3|titles=29 - SAMANTHA 2]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/28-SAMANTHA1.mp3|titles=28 - SAMANTHA1]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/27-NICHOLAS.mp3|titles=27 - NICHOLAS]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/26-MAKAILA.mp3|titles=26 - MAKAILA]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/25-JEVAUGHN.mp3|titles=25 - JEVAUGHN]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/24-DAVIA-5.mp3|titles=24 - DAVIA 5]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/23-DAVIA-4.mp3|titles=23 - DAVIA 4]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/22-DAVIA-3.mp3|titles=22 - DAVIA 3]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/21-DAVIA-2.mp3|titles=21 - DAVIA 2]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/20-DAVIA-1.mp3|titles=20 - DAVIA 1]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/19-CHEVAUGHN.mp3|titles=19 - CHEVAUGHN]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/18-ANTONIO.mp3|titles=18 - ANTONIO]

[audio:http://panoscaribbean.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/17-ABI.mp3|titles=17 - ABI]

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