oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Pharmacy students' use of community radio for health promotion and education at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus : student project

Volume 73, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



The objective of the project was to promote learning for pharmacy students beyond the classroom by transferring their knowledge to the community. Using the campus-based radio station, Radio Turf FM, the University of Limpopo Pharmacy Students' Association (ULAPS) presented a weekly health talk on a variety of subjects, including the role of the pharmacist, heart attack, first aid, adherence to drugs, tuberculosis and contraception. The ULAPS talk show was aired live on Wednesday evenings between 20H00 and 21H00. The topics were chosen for their relevance to the target audience, their importance to the health of the community, and the benefit that might accrue from increased community awareness thereof. Where applicable, the discussions emphasised the preventive measures for the conditions and the non-pharmacological management of chronic conditions in addition to the drug treatment. The response received since the launch of the ULAPS radio talk show has been positive and plans are underway to broaden the participation to include other health science students, lecturers and other professionals in the next academic year.

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