“The Speaking Ebook helped me get very helpful info throughout and after being pregnant. The songs are enjoyable and never boring to hearken to” says Asma Akhter, a breastfeeding mom who lives in Nilphamari Sadar Upazila in Bangladesh.
Asmaa is one in every of about 62,000 individuals who have listened to the speaking ebook, an initiative by Outcome of the Joint Action for Nutrition (JANU) venture in Bangladesh. The Speaking ebook is an audio system with a library of informative audio content material within the type of songs and normal messages helpful for pregnant and nursing moms, preteens, teenagers and extra.
Having “non-boring” songs and content material means extra girls love listening to the speaking ebook. In keeping with the JANO Challenge’s 2022 Annual Analysis, there was a 2.5% lower within the variety of anemic girls. Kids develop taller and more healthy as there was a 47.9% improve in dietary range amongst youngsters aged 6 to 23 months and 13% amongst girls of childbearing age. Ladies turned extra well being aware with 86.6% of ladies and women claiming to obtain vitamin delicate well being companies from group clinics.
Funded by the European Union and co-financed by the Austrian Growth Cooperation, JANO goals to enhance maternal and little one vitamin in Bangladesh. The venture works with the Authorities of Bangladesh (and the personal sector on the nationwide, provincial and native ranges), to help the efficient implementation of the Nationwide Plan of Motion for Vitamin 2 (NPAN2). CARE Bangladesh is one in every of its expertise companions together with Plan Worldwide Bangladesh and Eco-Social Growth Group (ESDO).
As a part of JANO’s expertise intervention for Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) in varied nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-related practices, the venture printed 208 Speaking Books by 208 volunteers in Rangpur and Nilphamari districts in Bangladesh. Speaking books performed a vital position in hard-to-reach areas the place well being employees confronted challenges in overlaying SBCC interventions. The speaking ebook was not solely appreciated by the communities but additionally by the volunteers as a result of it decreased talking time in the course of the periods.
Sharmeen Sultana, one of many group volunteers on the JANO venture says, “Earlier technical messages about vitamin had been tough to recollect and go on to contributors. Now with Speaking Ebook it is a lot simpler. It saves us time, reduces our workloads, and we at the moment are capable of attain extra households with necessary dietary info.”
The speaking ebook has been significantly efficient in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as volunteers can unfold messages from speaking books in small teams of 5 to 10 contributors. The sounds within the Speaking Ebook have icon-based buttons the place uneducated customers can select the subjects that curiosity them most, replay the content material as a lot as they need, and file their very own messages and reactions.
“By way of Speaking Ebook, I realized rather a lot concerning the nutritious meals I would like throughout being pregnant.” Asma says select. “I might be shy to ask the JANO volunteers repeated questions however with Speaking Ebook, I can play key messages as a lot as I would like,” she provides. Asmaa began listening to the Speaking Ebook whereas she was pregnant and remains to be listening to the Speaking Ebook’s messages to ensure her new child three-month-old is getting sufficient vitamin. She can also be higher conscious of the companies supplied by the closest well being facilities for her and her new child. She has been suggested to completely breastfeed from the Hadith Ebook and well being facilities and plans to proceed it till her new child is six months outdated.
Total, the venture has managed to develop round 38 audio content material from authorities accredited sources. 208 volunteers had been educated and deployed with Speaking Ebook in 7 Upazilas or sub-districts and 61,647 contributors listened to Speaking Ebook. There are a complete of 38 messages in every speaking ebook. Total, folks listened to 112,946 messages. The preferred message was ‘How one can handle expectant moms (tune)’ which was performed 11,844 instances, adopted by ‘How one can look after nursing moms and youngsters underneath 5 (tune) performed 7,673 instances and ‘Well being test up’ schedule for expectant moms (speech) ) performed 7480 instances.
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