Blog: Posters for infant health

The other day, this poster popped up in my Facebook timeline. It’s a neat infographic aimed at creating awareness about malnutrition in slums. Click on the image to see a larger version at their website.

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It’s been created by Fields of View, a collective in Bangalore that seems to be doing very interesting things — including other such visualizations on other health / sanitation issues such as Dengue and solid waste management.

Of course, posters are not enough, especially in rural areas where more direct communication is required, as this article points out. But they can still be some of the most useful, cheap and easy ways to communicate.  Since my current work is on maternal and infant health, I looked around a bit for posters on that and found:

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Isn’t that wonderful? Contrary to what some believe, women are not born with such knowledge miraculously wired into them. So a little bit of help goes a long way. This poster is part of a useful set of resources at Common Health, an organization that works on maternal and neonatal health as well as safe abortion.

The Akshara Centre also has posters on their website, most on issues such as violence and the girl child, and some on health. Here’s one I like which is not strictly about infant health but about something related — reproductive health. The text is in Hindi and says that couples dealing with infertility should check the man’s health first because it’s both necessary and easy. This message cannot be stressed enough in a country where women are almost always held solely responsible for infertility, and often punished in cruel and horrible ways.

 And just for fun, I love this one from the US Library of Congress collection.

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This blog post was part of a series of new media interventions undertaken as a 2013 International Reporting Project Fellow in New Media. Find out more about the International Reporting Project here.