Port Moresby, 31 August 2019 – A new radio drama series, Raun Wantaim Savemahn (Kamapim Gutpela Sindaun), aimed at influencing listeners towards healthier and better lifestyles while simultaneously entertaining them, will soon start airing on National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) radio on Tuesday 3rd September 2019.
“The drama is part of a wider government effort to encourage Papua New Guineans to adopt healthier and positive ways of living,” said Dr. Daoni Esorom, National Department of Health’s Acting Executive Manager for Public Health, during the public launch of the radio play at Vision City Mega Mall Amphitheatre.
He said that the government is now emphasizing prevention of disease and health promotion as a more effective and cheaper way to improve health for Papua New Guineans. “We welcome the support of Pacific Women and UNICEF in developing this educative radio drama series as a key step in this direction,” he added.
Raun Wantaim Savemahn is set in the fictional village of Mambu Hanua, a typical Papua New Guinean village, and evolves around the life of Savemahn, played by Elton Kili, PNG’s leading comedian and his family along with other fellow villagers. The radio drama which is produced by UNICEF and government partners in collaboration with NBC, is made possible by funding from Pacific Women, whose objective is to empower women, children and girls to reach their full potential.
“Improving the status of women, girls and children in Papua New Guinea, whose status is one of the lowest in the Pacific region, will be critical if the country is to realise its vision of a healthy, wealthy and happy nation,” said Ms Richelle Tickle, Pacific Women Country Program Manager for PNG. “Communities and families need to realise and remove many social barriers and challenges that women, girls and children face in their daily lives such as violence, poor health and low status in society,” she added.
play addresses topical issues by sharing key life-saving messages with parents, caregivers and young people around UNICEF key priority areas that include violence against children and women, positive parenting, early childhood development, health, children and mothers’ nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
UNICEF believes empowering families and communities with life-saving messages can contribute greatly to children growing up in a positive environment where both girls and boys are able to realise their full potential and rights.
“Children in Papua New Guinea face many challenges like vulnerability to preventable diseases, violence at home and in school, poor parenting practices, and difficult learning environments. Nearly all of these are preventable through proper information sharing and positive behaviours by parents,” said UNICEF Representative Mr. David McLoughlin.
The 45-episode radio drama series, written by Emmanuella Memafu, is produced by veteran NBC radio drama producer Fred Ume. Many PNG radio listeners will immediately recognise most of the show’s cast members, who include popular comedian Elton Kili, Wilma Sogavare, Kilory Susuve, and Ellen Mesibere, among others. In addition, there some new first-time voices in the show, including the sister and brother duo child actors, Georgina Wari (14) and Gima Wari (10) who are Bite and One in the play respectively, and Brady Skate who plays Samson, the younger brother of Savemahn.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Papua New Guinea, visit https://www.unicef.org/png/