Ghana – Maternal health service from the Northern Regional Library, Tamale

A successful Health Corner and SMS service to improve maternal health (initially funded by the EIFL Public Library Initiative) has attracted additional funds from STAR-Ghana to reach a wider area. The service produce SMS messages in local languages and in an audio format for those with low literacy.

The Library works with a local development agency, Savana Signatures, who have provided the technical support and training in communications technology for health workers.

The Health Corner in the Library provides free access to computers pre-loaded with carefully selected and relevant content e.g. Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA); Medical Aid Films, and the Ghana health service. A local committee of health workers check the content to ensure that it is accurate and relevant to conditions in Ghana.

Congratulations to the librarians in Tamale!

For further information click on and EIFL News

Jean Shaw, Phi


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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