Ghana To Get Handheld Audio Computers For Health Education


Literacy Bridge, a humanitarian technology company, is set to provide its Talking Book to remote communities in Ghana, to help in health education for about 40,000 vulnerable people in the country through a new partnership.

Partnering UNICEF and ARM, a British Company based on processor technology for the world’s most advanced digital products, Literacy Bridge will in this project give out its Talking Book mobile devices to people in the most affected areas.

The Talking Book is a hand held computer that was developed to aid people without literacy skill access to audio recordings of interviews, songs, and dramas that are address life-saving health and agriculture education.

“Literacy Bridge’s Talking Book Program is an innovative use of low-cost mobile technology to influence critical behaviours that impact the lives and opportunities of the most vulnerable and excluded children,” said Susan Ngongi, representative at UNICEF.

The partnership will be backing the Behaviour Change Program by Literacy Bridge, with UNICEF and ARM providing financial support of 750,000 Dollars and ARM helping to reduce technology cost and further improve the energy efficiency of the Talking Books.

The Talking Book was designed to help meet the learning needs of illiterate populations in developing countries which are affected by lack of good education, electricity and are hit by life-threatening diseases.

“With UNICEF’s leadership in the issues that affect the lives of children, and with ARM’s leadership in using technology to create a better world, we couldn’t have picked better partners as we look towards reaching millions of children in coming years,” said Cliff Shmidt, Founder Literacy Bridge.

The Talking Book is aimed to help teach people in Ghana about Ebola, dealing with crop diseases and the importance of breastfeeding for mothers among others.

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