India pilot to use mobile app to help underprivileged women during pregnancy
March 2, 2016
A pilot study in Bangalore, India, is investigating the use of a mobile app to monitor the health of underprivileged women during and post pregnancy and the immunisation of children aged two years and below.
The Sisu Janani Seva mobile health application could let the Junior Health Assistant Female (JrHAF) staff better monitor the health of pregnant women. It is the result of collaboration between Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Pallike (BBMP), Bangalore's Health Department, Baxter International Foundation and World Vision India.
Through the video and audio features in the mobile application, the staff can continue to provide vital healthcare information and counselling to these women during their pregnancy and post natal care.
As a pilot study in Bangalore, the mobile application will initially be used by the JrHAF staff from three primary health centres across three wards – Gangondanahalli, Avalahalli and Pantharpalya. This project aims to create awareness among families, especially pregnant women, of the importance of using pre and postnatal services.
The project is expected to benefit directly 3000 pregnant women and 2800 children aged two years and below, and to benefit indirectly household members in the 17 slums that are supported by the World Vision's Bangalore urban area development programme. In the initial phase, 12 JrHAF staff and 24 accredited social health activist workers will be trained to use the mobile health application.
"Baxter's commitment to sustainability complements the company's mission to save and sustain lives by creating lasting social, environmental and economic value for all stakeholders including the communities in which we live and work,” said Anish Bafna, Baxter's region head for emerging Asia. “Baxter International Foundation shares the same aspirations as BBMP and World Vision to improve the health of the underprivileged and is pleased to support the mobile health application which enables the use of digital technology to advance care in the community."
The mobile application will allow community health workers to access information easily and remotely by replacing difficult-to-use bound ledgers with this simple mobile application. On the basis of a review of its impact on the existing health system on maternal and child care intervention, this programme will be scaled up to 198 wards of the city in close coordination and partnership with BBMP.