Soap Opera Could Be Unlikely Form of Birth Control in Uganda

Friday, October 18, 2019

By Amy Fallon

Uganda has one of the highest birth rates in the world. It also has some of the most dedicated soap opera watchers anywhere in Africa.

Now a group of enterprising Ugandans is aiming to tackle the former through the medium of the latter. Soap operas are expensive to make, however, so they plan instead to “hack” a Venezuelan import, recutting the existing series and overdubbing it with Ugandan actors.

Using content originally from Nacer Contigo (Reborn), the new show has been rescripted and turned into a programme titled Love & Wealth. It will feature episodes in which a female character undergoes tubal ligation as a method of contraception. There are other storylines on sexual health and the stigma around discussing sex with parents and in couples, plus the pitfalls of polygamy.

Photo courtesy of Writing On The Mall.

Source: The Guardian (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
public health, reproductive health