BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth: Improving health literacy through group antenatal care: results from a cluster randomized controlled trial in Ghana

17 January, 2024

Interesting new paper from Ghana. The quote: The quote: "Life-saving information provided during ANC must be presented in an understandable format to prevent women and newborns from dying of preventable causes."

CITATION: Jody R. Lori, Vida Ami Kukula, Liya Liu, Veronica E.A. Apetorgbor, Bidisha Ghosh, Elizabeth Awini, Nancy Lockhart, Georgina Amankwah, Ruth Zielinski, Cheryl A. Moyer & John Williams

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, volume 24, Article number: 37 (2024)

'In this cluster randomized trial based in the Eastern Region of Ghana, researchers sought to determine the effect of group antenatal care (G-ANC) on increasing maternal health literacy. This study enrolled a total of 1761 participants over 5 years, and found that women enrolled in the group antenatal care intervention improved their health literacy scores significantly more than the control group, and were more likely to attend 8 or more ANC visits. This study provides promising findings of the potential benefits of implementing group antenatal care options for improving health literacy.'

I have invited the authors to join us.

Meanwhile I invite comments on the above paper and sharing of experience on promoting health literacy.

Best wishes, Neil

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: