Uridu

URIDU

URIDU is a German non-profit organization that provides health literacy to the illiterate in developing countries using solar-powered MP3 players and mobile web applications.

Diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Most of these deaths are entirely preventable using simple, low-cost interventions. The real challenge is to provide this vital health knowledge to illiterate mothers living in remote locations, such as the rainforests of Central Africa. French anthropologists are now using solar MP3 players to spread health awareness songs performed by indigenous musicians.

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About URIDU

URIDU is a German non-profit organization that provides health literacy to the illiterate in developing countries using solar-powered MP3 players and mobile web applications.

URIDU Mission

Diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Most of these deaths are entirely preventable using simple, low-cost interventions. The real challenge is to provide this vital health knowledge to illiterate mothers living in remote locations, such as the rainforests of Central Africa. French anthropologists are now using solar MP3 players to spread health awareness songs performed by indigenous musicians.

The Aka are a nomadic pygmy people living as hunter-gatherers in the dense rainforests of Central Africa. They are geographically isolated, illiterate, have no written language and are discriminated in their access to social services. Every year they are losing hundreds of their children due to diarrhea. How can it be made sure that the Aka can acquire vital health knowledge?

The answer is: with songs and solar-powered MP3 players. Music is a key element of the social and spiritual life of the community. It forms an integral part of Aka rituals including ceremonies related to the inauguration of new encampments, hunting and funerals. That’s why French anthropologist Romain Duda came up with the idea of inspiring songs that could be used for health sensitization. His effort is part of a project that is lead by the Order of Malta France with the goal to improve the health status of the Aka.

The songs are performed and recorded in the field and distributed together with additional information on solar-powered MP3 players from URIDU, a German NGO. „Their goal is to develop technologies that provide health literacy to the illiterate“, explains Marcel Heyne, founder of URIDU. „Their rugged, solar MP3 players are a great tool to reach out to marginalized communities in remote areas.“

One of the songs is called „Musele“. It deals with the prevention of diarrhea and recommends local medicinal plants for treatment. The Aka may have lost countless children due to diarrhea in the past. But changing this fate is now literally in the palm of their hands.

Uridu

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URIDU
Altes Schulhaus Gräfenhausen
76855 Annweiler am Trifels
Germany

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URIDU operates in:

Africa

Algeria
Algeria
Angola
Angola
Benin
Benin
Cape Verde
Cape Verde
Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Congo
Gabon
Gabon
Ghana
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea
Guinea Bissau
Guinea Bissau
Kenya
Kenya
Liberia
Liberia
Madagascar
Madagascar
Malawi
Malawi
Mauritania
Mauritania
Morocco
Morocco
Mozambique
Mozambique
Niger
Niger
Nigeria
Nigeria
Rwanda
Rwanda
Senegal
Senegal
South Africa
South Africa
Tanzania
Tanzania
Uganda
Uganda
Zambia
Zambia

Asia

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Cambodia
Mongolia
Mongolia
Myanmar
Myanmar
Nepal
Nepal
Philippines
Philippines
Thailand
Thailand
Vietnam
Vietnam

Europe

Germany
Germany

Middle East

Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Iraq
Iraq
Jordan
Jordan
Pakistan
Pakistan

North America

Mexico
Mexico

South America

Antigua And Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda
Colombia
Colombia
El Salvador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Guatemala
Jamaica
Jamaica
Panama
Panama
Peru
Peru
Saint Kitts And Nevis
Saint Kitts And Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Suriname
Suriname
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos

Oceania

Indonesia
Indonesia
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
East Timor
East Timor
Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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