Friday, 15 November, 2019
While social and cultural norms are the backbone of any behaviour in communities, lack of knowledge and information is one of the key barriers to access and utilisation of health services.
When working on effective social and behaviour change messaging for nomadic pastoral communities, it is necessary to take into account that these are groups largely burdened by:
Amref Health Africa’s approach to fulfil the unmet health needs among remote communities (i.e. increase equitable access and utilisation of family planning, reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health; nutrition; water, hygiene and sanitation services) included the use of technological innovations like the digisomo talking book.
Components of Digisomo
With the support of USAID through the Afya Timiza project, Amref Health Africa has so far loaded 34 radio dramas in Nga’turkana and Samburu local languages covering the above thematic areas into 348 talking books. The talking books are distributed to community health volunteers, who use them to disseminate messages in households, peer group meetings including mother support groups and father support groups.
To date, a total of 46,365 beneficiaries have accessed social behaviour change messages via the talking book.
Benefits of the Digisomo Talking Book