Talking Books Building Nutritious Future: Bangladesh
The Ampilo Talking Book, an initiative of the Joint Action for Nutrition Outcome (JANO) project in Bangladesh, is a small audio device holding nutritional information in the form of songs and messages that are useful for pregnant mothers, lactating mothers, adolescent girls, and boys. In 2022, the annual assessment of the project found that there was a 47.9% increase in dietary diversity among children and a 13% increase in dietary diversity among women of reproductive age who used the talking book. The Talking Book played a crucial role in hard-to-reach areas where health staff faced challenges in covering SBCC interventions. It was especially effective during the COVID-19 pandemic where volunteers could disseminate messages from the Talking Books in small groups of five to ten participants.