By Literacy Bridge Program Officer Fidelis Da-Uri Awonodomo
“With the increase in awareness creation with the small radio (Talking Book), I think husbands, other relatives and even pregnant women themselves know the benefits of antenatal and postnatal services. You can see a lot of them at the monthly child welfare services even in the farming season. In the past, men have little or not knowledge about these services but they are informed now”. Madam Jocelyn Irengbong
Madam Jocelyn Irengbong is a community health worker. She assists community health nurses during child welfare services in her community. She has two children. Given her youthful age, she has a lot of interactions with peers who are pregnant or are breastfeeding babies. Jocelyn said there has been an increase of pregnant women and nursing mothers coming out for antenatal and postnatal services in her community.
The Talking Book Program evens the playing field between wives and husbands by providing both with access to critical information on maternal and child health. The Talking Books are rotated throughout entire communities participating in the Talking Book Program. Families in the communities have access to the Talking Book for a full week during each rotation with new updated health messages. Men who are unable to attend prenatal and antenatal visits with their wives are able to listen to Talking Book lessons on maternal and child health and how they can contribute to the health and well-being of their family.
See related blog: Cultural Beliefs and Values — Barriers to Maternal Health