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Bring lifesaving health technology to mothers in India

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Our goal
Make a difference in the health of 50,000 people in rural villages through the power of mobile technology.
The Challenge

Summary

One out of every 25 children in India dies before their first birthdayand one out of every 500 women dies while giving birth2. That’s why IntraHealth International developed mSakhi, a mobile app for frontline health workers that has been proven to make a difference in the health of mothers and newborns in rural villages.But to roll out this program to health workers in more villages, we need more phones. Your donations to this project will help us purchase 50 mobile phones that could change the lives of up to 50,000 people in remote areas.4

Our Project:

IntraHealth has worked in India for over 20 years, and we’ve seen firsthand how mobile technology has transformed the country’s approach to health care. That’s why we created mSakhi, an award-winning mobile phone app that helps health workers in even the remotest villages provide high-quality health care to the families who count on them.5

Meet Neha and Sonam

Mothers like Neha are the reason we work every day to expand access to health care in India. When Neha gave birth in the Indian village of Mahudi, she was relying on the same person the rest of her village looks to for primary health care: one very busy woman named Sonam. As a frontline health worker, Sonam has to know it all—family planning, infant care, nutrition, and more—to provide the many different kinds of care people in Mahudi need. Sonam needs training, and that’s where IntraHealth comes in.

 A frontline health worker demonstrates mSakhi

Empowering frontline health workers to save lives

We help health workers in rural India gain access to the most up-to-date training in easy-to-understand, convenient formats that work for them. mSakhi allows health workers such as India’s ASHAs—which stands for accredited social health activists,but literally translates to “hope” in Hindi—to use their smartphones to update their skills, stay in touch with their supervisors, and track and report crucial data about the health issues in their communities. They use the app to teach new parents how to protect their babies from infection or dehydration, how to breastfeed, and how to identify symptoms of serious illness. If a mother or baby needs medical attention, an ASHA can use mSakhi to quickly refer them to a doctor who can help.

We want to help even more families thrive through better health care by putting the mSakhi app into the hands of more of India’s health workers—and you can help.

The Problem & How to Help

Every year in India more than 750,000 newborns and 55,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes.

At the root of these deaths is the remoteness of many of India’s villages. In these hard-to-reach places, there are few or even no health workers. The health workers who are there often feel isolated from their colleagues and out of touch with the latest best practices.

But as mobile phones become ubiquitous in India (the country is now home to over a billion mobile phone subscribers) we’re working with the Indian government to use the power of mobile technology to build a stronger, more highly trained health workforce.

Your donation will help purchase and deliver smartphones and tablets loaded with the mSakhi app to 50 ASHAs. Each ASHA serves 1,000 people, including approximately 200 pregnant women and 100 children, which means the devices you help buy could mean healthier futures for 50,000 women, children, and men.

Better trained and empowered health workers means better health care—including safer childbirths, healthier families, and greater care for noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. At IntraHealth, we want everyone everywhere to have access to the health care they need to thrive. Together, we can make it a reality.

[1] Office of the Registrar General, Census of India, Sample Registration System, Statistical Report, 2013, Chapter 4 Estimates of Mortality, page 75, accessed from: http://www.censusindia.gov.in/vital_statistics/SRS_Reports_2013.html 

[2] Office of the Registrar General, Census of India, Sample Registration System, Maternal Mortality Rate and Life Time Risk; India, EAG & Assam, South and Other states, 2011-13, accessed from: http://www.censusindia.gov.in/vital_statistics/mmr_bulletin_2011-13.pdf

[3] IntraHealth India, mSakhi Operations research study, 2013.

[4] Each frontline worker who will be given a phone provides services to about 1000 people including women and children.

[5] mSakhi won the mBillionth award 2015, http://mbillionth.in/winners-2015/winners-2015-m-health/.

[6] ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) is a community level female health volunteer who is selected from the village, where she works. She is a key agent for communitization of health services. She provides information, mobilize and counsel the community, including women on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, along with determinants of health and nutrition.   

[7] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3893075 

Photos by Gridhari Bora for IntraHealth International

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