Ruwan Dare (Midnight Rain)
Publisher/Organizer: Population Media Center (PMC) in Nigeria
Publication date: 2007
Launched in July 2007, this is a 2-year radio serial drama being produced by Population Media Center (PMC) in Nigeria. Through character role-models, the drama aims to enhance knowledge and use of existing health services, provide information about reproductive and general health issues, encourage family planning, and promote delaying marriage and childbearing until adulthood. It also aims to promote small family norms, provide information about HIV transmission, and motivate people to take actions to improve their health and the health of their families. One of the storylines is about Azumi, who is pregnant while breastfeeding her four-month-old son. Azumi becomes very sick and nearly dies during the delivery of her son. The couple's story explores the need for birth spacing and contraception in the context of cultural and social demands to have many children quickly.