Korongoro Radio is a project to establish a community radio station for the Maasai communities living in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Ngorongoro Crater are home to the one of the most diverse ecosystems in the World, and is one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa.
The site is also home to the Maasai, an ethnic group of semi-nomadic pastoralist communities southern residing in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, who have been in the region for over 200 years.
The Radio station will serve as a platform to communicate about health and disease using music, entertainment and educational programs, working with health workers, local artists and community members to develop radio programming to engage communities in disease prevention and to promote positive health behaviors associated with animal and human health.
The project is lead by Professor Carlos Chirinos who is a co-investigator in the project “Integrated Human and Animal Disease Control for Tanzanian Pastoralists facing settlement” funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and lead by the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS), a Virtual Centre linking southern African medical and veterinary institutions involved with infectious diseases of humans and animals, based at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania.