This was Studio Health’s very first health literacy project. It touched our head and heart and we’ve been pursuing projects to help people understand health information ever since.
Delivering health information in low to middle income countries is far from straightforward. Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest adult literacy rates in the world1. Speaking Books are one validated approach for tackling the many constraints of spreading good health information in resource-poor settings. Studio Health supported the launch of ‘The Safe use of Medicines’ speaking book in Uganda and Senegal, working with the book’s sponsor Pfizer and co-ordinating launch and distribution through local healthcare professional groups and stakeholders. The book uses colourful illustrations, straightforward text and sound recordings, allowing the reader to understand key information in the way that is easiest for them. It was designed specifically for Sub-Saharan Africa with local artists and voices involved in the book’s development.
This work was presented as a poster at the World Congress of Public Health (2012) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.