In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Literacy Bridge Ghana is partnering with Amplio network  and Ghana Health Services to share lifesaving information with rural remote communities. Community health nurses and volunteers are using the  Talking Books to share key messages on COVID-19 throughout eight districts in the Upper West Region.  UNICEF Ghana granted the use of their Talking Book devices for this emergency response. We are working closely with stakeholders on the COVID-19 awareness campaign  in the following districts in upper west region, Nadowli/Kaleo district, Jirapa Municipal, Lawra district, Sissala east district, Sissala west district, Wa west district, Nandom district and Lambussie/Karni district. We deployed 207 Talking Books to the various districts Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) zones and each district we deployed additional 5 Talking Books to community health volunteers to help disseminate the Talking Book messages through the community levels.

Duulu Hatongwisi is a Nurse in Chinchang CHPS in the Sissala East district, she uses the Talking book during Child welfare clinics engagements , Antenatal care and home visits.
“The Talking Book makes health education on COVID-19 easier and more effective”said Duulu Hatongwisi. 



LBG Gets New Executive Director

Tiah Gumah Aloysius recently joined Literacy Bridge Ghana (LBG) as its new Executive Director. He has worked both locally and internationally in development and conflict context with over 12 years of experience in program development and quality management across several fields; livelihoods, food security, climate change, health, WASH, disaster management, organizational development, women empowerment, blood donation and governance.

Tiah until he took up his new role in LBG, had previously worked with SEND Foundation of West Africa in Sierra Leone, Population Services International (PSI) in South Sudan, British Red Cross (BRC) in Sierra Leone and Swiss Red Cross (SRC) in South Sudan.

In addition, Tiah holds Bachelor and Master of Philosophy degrees in Integrated Development Studies and Development Management respectively. Furthermore, Tiah possess skills and competencies in business development, partnership development, strategic planning and management, project cycle management, participatory development approaches, research, advocacy, diplomacy and results based management.

Tiah in his current role will lead LBG strategic direction to position it as a sustainable organization that is attractive to potential partners and capable of delivering on its vision.  

Success Stories

Hamdiya Imoro, is a 30 year old woman who lives in Tuyini, a community in the Karaga district of Northern Region. She is a mother of four (4) and a second wife to the husband. Tuyini is a farming community, located about 9 miles (14.4kms) from Karaga, the capital town of the Karaga District.

Antenatal Care (ANC) is something many rural women do not take seriously even though they have been engaged on this repeatedly through various interventions. Hamdiya was not an exception. A typical local woman, particularly among the Dagomba communities feel it’s a sign of weakness or unfaithfulness to the husband if a woman is not able to deliver a baby at home. It is shame for a woman who frequents the hospital for antenatal care.

Hamdiya’s first and second children were born at the traditional home with the support of a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA). There were complications when she was in the process of giving birth to the third child at home; as a result, she was rushed to the hospital for safe delivery. If that had not happened, Hamdiya would have most likely delivered her third child at home.

Engaging with Hamdiya, she said, “After attending a meeting organized by the community agent (Afa Ali), where he introduced us to the Talking Book (TB) and I started listening, the message that caught my attention was the need for pregnant women to visit the hospital for antenatal care services. By then I was pregnant again”.

Visiting the hospital for antenatal care was not taken seriously by Hamdiya in the past. She noted that she used to attend antenatal care but was not on regular basis. After listening to the message on antenatal care, she got serious with visitations for antenatal care. “…I started visiting the health center for antenatal care. After sometime, they referred me to the hospital at Karaga after it was detected that my condition was critical. They said I could not do normal delivery because my baby was very big”

At the hospital, Hamdiya went through several tests and scans. The results indicated that her due date had elapsed.

“They claimed my baby was in critical situation, but I did not believe because I was not feeling any pains or disturbances. I however still obeyed anything they said I should do since the Talking Book advised us to follow the instructions of the health professionals”– Says Hamdiya.

According to Hamdiya, after some time, the child was finally delivered, but was in comma for about two hours. The doctors managed him until he gained consciousness. “If my child was born at home, he would have been pronounced dead and buried alive. I say thank you and God bless the doctors and nurses for working to save my baby”.

When we asked Hamdiya what she wants her child to grow to be, she indicated that she wants him to grow to become a medical doctor, so that he can save lives of innocent babies just as he

New Farming Methods

Borale Felix describes agricultural development lessons that he has learned from Literacy Bridge’s Talking Book. Farmers who use Talking Books experience an increase in crop yield compared to those who do not.

Literacy Bridge’s mission is to empower the world’s most underserved communities with life-saving and life-changing knowledge to reduce poverty and disease using innovative technology. At the heart of the programs is the Talking Book, an innovative low-cost audio computer.

Gangdaa Kuutorining and other farmers living in the community of Duori Degri in the Upper West Region of Ghana talk about learning effective agriculture practices, how to better care for their livestock, and more from the Talking Book

Best GROW farmer 2017

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