Maternal Health Reporter
Country of Operation
- Global Health BridgeNot-for-profit
- Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryGlobal Health Bridge has developed a cell phone-based health information system that enables community healthcare workers (CHWs) in developing countries to provide uninterrupted care and follow-up, even in rural areas, through SMS.
To develop a cell phone-based health information system that will enable community healthcare workers (CHWs) in developing countries to provide uninterrupted care and follow-up, even in the most rural parts of the world.
Key program components
Global Health Bridge has transformed CHWs’ cell phones into a tool to deliver better healthcare to their communities. Using simple technology for data collection and follow-up reminders, Global Health Bridge has created a health monitoring system, starting with maternal care. Their maternal health platform enables CHWs to collect health information on their cell phones, receive patient reminders, and store/retrieve clinical data instantaneously all through SMS.
This project allows one step transfer of vital information to computerized systems, helps CHWs to see more patients, uses existing patient information to streamline healthcare delivery and regular follow up, incentivizes CHWs to collect quality data, reduces organization operational costs, and strengthens organizational M&E capacity. The maternal health platform has been piloted in 40 villages with a total population of 45,000 people, located in Ahmednagar district of rural Maharastra, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), Jamkhed.
Future goals include: One step transfer of vital information to central computerized system, Helping CHW to see more patients, Using existing patient information to streamline healthcare delivery and regular follow up, Incentivizing CHW to collect quality data, Reducing organizational operational costs, Strengthening organizational M&E capacity