WUNC-FM Reports on UNC's Malawi Research for Series "North Carolina Voices: Global Health Connections"

February 23, 2009 -- Starting Mar. 2, North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC-FM 91.5 will air a special series of reports highlighting the public health connections between North Carolina and southeastern Africa. The series “North Carolina Voices: Global Health Connections” examines research and service projects organized by North Carolinians abroad. The stories will air during the “Morning Edition” program between 6 and 9 a.m. on selected days.

The first installment will focus on Malawi and Zambia. Malawi and Zambia are two of the world’s poorest countries. In both countries, maternal and infant mortality are high, life expectancy is short, and the AIDS epidemic continues to take its toll. The health care systems in both places struggle with a lack of resources and a dearth of skilled personnel.

In Malawi, reporter Rose Hoban will introduce listeners to a Raleigh couple who work with an innovative program to care for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Hoban will also examine a project managed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe. Health care workers at the UNC Project provide medical care as well as perform ground-breaking research in treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases. In Zambia, Hoban profiles health care workers trained by the Chapel Hill-based organization Ipas to improve women’s reproductive care and increase access to safe abortions.

In addition to the radio broadcasts, WUNC-FM will feature Hoban’s travel journal and multimedia presentations on its Web site.

Trained as a nurse, Hoban has covered health care for WUNC-FM since 2005. She worked for several years on an island in Micronesia where she managed the infirmary at a rural school. She worked in Thailand with refugees and ethnic minorities, and in Indonesia managing a health project for survivors of an ethnic conflict with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders. In the United States, Hoban has worked in an inner-city emergency room, as a home hospice and community health nurse and as the director of health services at a small trade college. She also has a master’s degree in public health policy.

Her work has been honored by the N.C. Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas.

WUNC-FM broadcasts at 91.5 FM in the Triangle and Triad, at 90.9 FM in Rocky Mount/Wilson and at 88.9 FM on the Outer Banks.

North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC-FM contact: Brent Wolfe, (919) 445-9172
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415, susan_houston@unc.edu
Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases contact: Lisa Chensvold, (919) 843-5719, lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu.

Listen online:

March 2, 2009 - Global Health Connections: A Preview
March 4, 2009 - Malawi Children's Village
March 5, 2009 - Malawi Children's Village, Part Two
March 5, 2009 - Rose Hoban interviewed on "The State of Things"
March 10, 2009 - Reproductive Health in Africa
March 11, 2009 - Rose Hoban returns to "The State of Things"
March 13, 2009 - UNC AIDS Work in Africa
March 16, 2009 - UNC AIDS Research
March 17, 2009 - Keeping Doctors in Africa

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