Scientists Are Using Music to Fight Diarrhea in the Rainforest

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.

Aka pygmies receiving health education using solar-powered MP3 players. 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. French anthropologists are now using solar MP3 players to spread health awareness songs performed by indigenous musicians.

Aka pygmies receiving health education using solar-powered MP3 players. 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. French anthropologists are now using solar MP3 players to spread health awareness songs performed by indigenous musicians.