Rural women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people. Heavy workloads combined with frequent pregnancies and other effects of chronic poverty have a major impact on their health and nutritional status.
Findings show that there is a strong need for health information of all types among those women. Health information should be repackaged and disseminated in appropriate forms suitable for them.
Audio recordings of spoken, health-related contents can be used to make this information available to the illiterate. Simple and cost-efficient technologies like solar-powered audio players allow the distribution of those vital contents even to remote areas without access to electricity.
Healthy women can become empowered women, who are major catalysts for development, as they re-invest their money in their children’s health, nutrition, and education.
Accessible health-related education and information for illiterate rural women is necessary and it's possible. It's time to make it happen.