Every 6 seconds a child under five dies - most of them from entirely preventable causes.
Rural women are the poorest of the poor, the least literate, the most exploited, and the most marginalized of all social groups in developing countries. They often remain invisible and unheard and this is worsening their positions of marginality. The lack of health care and other social services makes rural women and their children especially vulnerable to health problems.
Three-quarters of all illness in the developing world could be prevented by better nutrition, water, sanitation, immunisation and health education. And health education could be considered to be the most important, since it creates the awareness for the relevance of all other health-related factors.
We have to ensure accessible health-related education and information for these rural women. The good news is: we can do it. And your support would be highly appreciated.
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Your petition will give illiterate rural women a voice. It will help to convince both governments and NGOs to adopt measures that ensure accessible health-related education and information for illiterate rural women in developing countries.
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To local, national, and international leaders and organizations:
Provide accessible health education to illiterate rural women in developing countries.
Rural women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people. Heavy workloads combined with frequent pregnancies and other effects of chronic poverty have a major impact on their health and nutritional status.
Findings show that there is a strong need for health information of all types among those women. Health information should be repackaged and disseminated in appropriate forms suitable for them.
Audio recordings of spoken, health-related contents can be used to make this information available to the illiterate. Simple and cost-efficient technologies like solar-powered audio players allow the distribution of those vital contents even to remote areas without access to electricity.
Healthy women can become empowered women, who are major catalysts for development, as they re-invest their money in their children’s health, nutrition, and education.
Accessible health-related education and information for illiterate rural women in developing countries is necessary and it's possible. It's time to make it happen.