Healthcare TV Broadcasts

Dr Alexandra Argenti-Pillen, Department of Anthropology

Satellite television receivers on a London house

After years of research on access to healthcare provision among women in North London’s Kurdish community, Alex Argenti-Pillen is aware of the complexity of reaching Kurdish audiences.

As part of a Beacon Innovation Seed funded project, Alex will work with a Kurdish satellite station to broadcast a series of discussions between UCL medical researchers about health issues that affect Kurdish people in London.

The station broadcasts in the Kurmanji language. This language is spoken by the majority of Kurds, a group of people dispersed, marginalised, and who often find information about healthcare, particularly recent research findings, hard to access. This difficulty is exacerbated by the high levels of illiteracy in the community, often linked to the fact that Kurmanji was banned in Turkey, home nation for many Kurds, for most of the 20th century.

The methods of engagement used here are based on Alex’s extensive anthropological research into the community and understanding of the best ways to reach a wide audience. Using TV and the internet will allow the information to reach a wide cross-section of the community, bypassing systems of political entitlement and social organisation that would be encountered by more face-to-face discussions.

News about this project has spread within the Kurdish community in London, and the broadcast would be called Dermanen Gel – everybody’s medicine.

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