Global Health Bridge has made significant strides in planning and development of a new and improved product, as well as in organizational structural changes over the last few months. While working closely with the Community Health Workers (CHW) in Jamkhed, we have received a very positive feedback about our first product, the Maternal Health Reporter (MHR). This system has proven to be cost and time effective for many CHWs who have spent many years of their lives going door-to-door, visiting every pregnant woman in the village of more than a 1,000 people.
Global Health Bridge is currently undergoing incorporation as a not for profit in India. Developing a local identity will enable us to partner closely with local not-for-profits and government. On the product development front, we have very exciting news. GHB is currently in the process of developing a customizable mobile based system by taking into consideration the various health data needs of the healthcare providers. Our proposed mHealth system, though initially targeted at mothers, will have the flexibility to be adapted to various data needs. It will also be adaptable to different health care settings. The greatest challenge in developing this customizable platform has been remaining steadfast to our commitment of developing simple and grassroot-inspired technologies. The proposed platform will be applicable for the simplest mobile phones available in the market and the system will not need advanced technological expertise to operate.
Over the last few months, we have also developed several new partnerships with local organizations in both urban and rural areas in India to pilot the new product. It is crucial for us to understand their health data needs prior to implementing the system. The insights provided by our partners, their extensive experience and their inputs with respect to the socio-cultural norms are extremely valuable for us to develop a tool that is acceptable, applicable and adaptable to diverse population in India.
We are thankful to our partners and supporters from all parts of the world for their valuable feedback, support and interest in our work. We would like to know any ideas regarding mHealth that may help improving the healthcare access in the developing countries. We welcome your suggestions and feedback on our work.
Thank you again for your continued support of Global Health Bridge. We're pleased to provide an update on our project as well as a great event happening in NYC on Thursday.
After an exciting launch, Global Health Bridge has been hard at work to expand our services and get more of our team members to the field. One of our team members applied for a Fulbright fellowship to dedicate her time working on Global Health Bridge in Bangladesh, and another team member who is trying to arrange for her Masters of Public Health internship to be in India to help partner with more NGOs and improve our Maternal Health Reporter.
Based on our experience in Jamkhed, India so far, we are also taking our lessons from our pilot project to improve our Maternal Health Reporter to make it more efficient for Community Health Workers. We are continuing to finetune the IVR (voice recognition) system so it's easier to input health data. Additionally, we have some exciting new applications of our project that we'll announce soon. We hope that some of our new, innovative ideas will make a big impact in the field, and we're excited to continue exploring new ways to improve maternal health using cell phones!
We're excited to announce another fundraiser event in the New York City area. Last year we hosted an incredible event, and this year we're looking forward to an even greater success. Now, with the GlobalGiving platform, you can buy a ticket to the event ($15 early bird ticket) or on site. Please see below for more information.
================== CREATE/CONNECT 2 2nd Annual Art Auction benefiting Global Health Bridge Thursday, November 29, 2012 7 pm - 10 pm 25CPW Gallery (25 Central Park West, New York, NY)
Friends, Family and Caring Donors –
Global Health Bridge would like to THANK YOU for your generous donations to the GlobalGiving fundraising effort. Frankly, you outdid all of our expectations – of 331 projects, Global Health Bridges was 8th in most donations with an astounding $10,285 raised in a month!!! With your donations, we will be able to continue to build and spread the technology that will help pregnant women and their newborns receive the care they need...and deserve.
Since your donation, we have made some great progress. We have worked closely with our pilot communities and developers to incorporate the improvements suggested by the health workers in the Maternal Health Reporter, in order to make it more user friendly, as well as to address some key challenges in data collection.
One of our team members was able to travel to India in order to better understand the program in action. While there, he witnessed how the program can be incorporated into characteristic rural lifestyles. One family had a single cell phone, most frequently held by the father to be. He left for the sugarcane fields 5 hours away from his village and began receiving messages regarding nutrition recommendations for his wife. He was able to relay those messages back and help improve the health of his wife and baby.
Over the coming months, we plan to continue to make improvements to the platform that will enable us to scale up to new regions – we will keep you updated!
In order to fund this growth, we have more exciting events planned…
We are organizing our 2nd Annual Art Auction Fundraiser in New York City. Last year’s fundraiser raised over nearly $10,000 and we plan to make this year even bigger! Stay on the lookout for an invite where we connect talented local artists to art patrons in support of a worthy cause
Thank you again for helping make a world of difference in the delivery of maternal healthcare
The team at Global Health Bridge
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