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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted.  We depend on written communication for information, guidance, and access to heath care information That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way information is delivered to low literacy communities. It's exactly what it sounds like.a book that talks to the reader in his or her local  language, delivering critical information in an interactive, and educational way.

The customizable 16-page book, accompanied by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood..

We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 30 titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 30 countries.

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Money may not buy happiness, but it might make you less depressed, researchers say. The study, led by Alex Cohen, Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School in Boston, reveals people with depression from low-income areas are less likely to respond to treatment and more likely to be suicidal compared to those from higher income areas.

Previous research shows people with lower-incomes are more likely to suffer from severe depression than those with higher income levels. In the new study, Harvard researchers re-analyzed two clinical trials conducted at the University of Pittsburgh. Participants from these studies were 59 years or older and were treated with antidepressants and psychotherapy.

Researchers found patients from middle-income areas, defined as a household income of between $25,000 and $50,000, as well as those from high-income areas, defined as those making more than $50,000, were significantly more likely to respond to depression treatments than those from low-income areas, defined as less than $25,000. People in the high-income areas were slightly more likely to respond to treatment than those in the middle-income bracket.

The study also shows those falling under the low-income category were about twice as likely to be suicidal as those from middle-income areas and nearly three-times as likely as those from high-income areas.

Researchers say more clinical trials are needed to determine what other variables may play a role in impacting treatment response, such as neighborhoods, stress, social support, race, ethnicity and income inequalities.

 

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