|Health Communication Professional: Peter Gottert
Bio: Peter Gottert started his career in health communication twenty years ago with Development Graphics, a design firm in Cotonou, Benin, working for UNICEF on immunization and oral rehydration campaigns. In 1991 he joined the Academy for Educational Development (AED) to work on nutrition education in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. In 1996 he moved to AED's Basics Program in Madagascar and took responsibilty for communication and community engagement. He is now Deputy Director of the Health Communication Partnership.
Pick Info: Peter's pick is the Family Friendly Health Card, Karinem-Pahasalamana, that he and his colleagues developed in Madagascar. This easy-to-understand booklet presents 25 actions for a mother to take for her child's survival and development. It also facilitates communication between mother and health worker, and provides the health worker with an effective way to record the child's medical history and to some extent the mother's knowledge. This booklet has been very successful; at 20 cents each, every Madagascan mother wants one.
Link(s): To see the entire Family Friendly Health Card click on the material cover image.