Audiopedia is making information audible and accessible

Nigeria, India, Brazil, Uganda

Audio Campaign: Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo, South Sudan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Nepal

Project
Facts

Estimated reach: 2.1 M people (+ 46 M in the audio campaign)

Launch date: 10/2020

Status: Implemented

Project type: health education, women's empowerment

Purpose of Project

Closing the gender knowledge gap with audio recordings

Audiopedia is an open-source audio learning platform providing marginalized populations in the Global South with essential knowledge that saves lives and expands opportunities. It specifically targets women and girls in developing countries who face greater gender inequalities due to a lack of basic education, Nearly 500 million women worldwide can neither read nor write, thus, by making basic education free and accessible to non-readers we can increase gender equality and close the knowledge gap. Audiopedia also provides access to health education through its COVID-19 campaign, and as such, is improving infection prevention in communities across 17 countries. The audio platform is now being scaled to more regions with additional health issues- from mental health to leprosy, WASH, gender-based violence and women’s health. Based on a community’s infrastructure, educational level and purchasing power, Audiopedia offers a range of technological solutions to make the content accessible, including solar audio-players, mobile web applications and free Audiopedia content hotspots which require no internet connection.

Local team

Implementing
solutions

Mara Batista

Project support

Dr. Debajit Sarkar

CEO, GLRA India

Felicitas Heyne

Co-Founder, Project Management and Contents

Francis Iyama

Data Manager

Angelic Okereke

CBID Intern

Marcel Heyne

CEO URIDU, Co-Founder and Technical Lead

Dr. Archana Trivedi

Project Lead, Asia Medical Advisor

Shibu George

Regional Social Advisor

Judith Aßländer

Project support

Venkateswaran V.

Regional Finance Manager

Carolin Gunesch

Head of project

Ajuluchukwu Edechiene

Team Lead

Sushmita Yadav

Head – PR & Communication

Okechukwu Ezeakile

M&E Staff

Linda Ugwu

Project Support Staff

Dr. Reinaldo Bechler

Project Manager

Mehvish Rashid

Technical Advisor – Constructive Dialogue GIZ FATA Development Programme, Pakistan

Shakeel Imtiaz

Team Leader - Governance and Dialogue GIZ FATA Development Programme, Pakistan

Hildgund Heinze

Finance

Nora Schöder

Medical advice

Bitekere Jocknus

Project Coordinator

Mary Abzug

Finance & Admin Officer

Felix Rubangakene

M&E Officer

Winnie Khainza

Social Worker

Christopher Tamaya

Social Worker

I found that it is a convenient method by which we can spread awareness about Covid 19, Leprosy and WASH. During these challenging times of the pandemic, we found that this was an innovative way to maximize our reach within the community and society as a whole.

Jainum Akbar Sheikh

India, Community Health Worker

Knowing that we are contributing to bringing the population closer to health information through the use of new technologies is very motivating. As a doctor, I am proud to be part of the Audiopedia production team in Brazil and I hope that our work is effective for those in need.

Dr. Marco Andrey Sipriano Frade

Brazil, Consultant

I’ve learnt a lot from your intervention, especially about proper hygiene during menstruation and also how to manage menstrual pain. I also learnt how to routinely examine my breast for breast cancer. Thank you.

Onuoha Theresa

Nigeria, Beneficiary

Providing audible health education to nomadic pygmy tribes in the Congo Basin in cooperation with the Order of Malta. (Photos: Romain Duda)

Providing audible health education to nomadic pygmy tribes in the Congo Basin in cooperation with the Order of Malta. (Photos: Romain Duda)

Providing audible health education to nomadic pygmy tribes in the Congo Basin in cooperation with the Order of Malta. (Photos: Romain Duda)

Audible health education for rural women in the High Atlas mountains in cooperation with Association El Amane Pour la Femme et l'Enfant, Morocco. (Photo: Marcel Heyne)

Accessible health education for female micro-finance groups in rural Nicaragua in cooperation with Pro Mujer, one of the largest women's organizations in Latin America. (Photos: Marcel Heyne)

Accessible health education for female micro-finance groups in rural Nicaragua in cooperation with Pro Mujer, one of the largest women's organizations in Latin America. (Photos: Marcel Heyne)

Accessible health education for female micro-finance groups in rural Nicaragua in cooperation with Pro Mujer, one of the largest women's organizations in Latin America. (Photos: Marcel Heyne)

First pilot project with women's groups in rural Tanzania in cooperation with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children. (Photo: Marcel Heyne)

Smart Facts

Facts about Audiopedia

Approximately
10 million people
used audiopedia.io in 2021.

The Audiopedia COVID-19 campaign is
available in 80 languages.

There are over
5000 audio files today.

More than 10.000 volunteers worldwide support Audiopedia as translators, voice talent, software developers and social media ambassadors.

Audiopedia.org was honored with the digital volunteering award of state government of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany and also won bronze at the digital communication award.

Audiopedia was honored by the World Summit on the Information Society, UNAIDS Health Innovation Exchange, the Global Innovation Exchange, TATA Social Enterprise Challenge and the Health in your Hands partnership.