In India, 1 in 70 women die during pregnancy or childbirth; 75% of these deaths are preventable with timely intervention, but <50% of women receive the recommended 4 prenatal visits. Community health workers (CHWs) are often the sole source of healthcare in rural communities, but the average ratio of CHWs to patients is 1:1000. As such, CHWs struggle to keep track of patients using paper-based records or their memories, resulting in missed prenatal visits and subsequent complications at birth.
Global Health Bridge transforms the cell phones of CHWs into indispensable medical tools that can record health information via a simple, interactive voice response system. Based on pre-established clinical protocols, this platform not only stores patient data for easy access, but also sends a customized series of text message reminders to CHWs and patients for critical follow-up visits throughout their pregnancy--resulting in regular visits and essential, timely interventions.
The initial stage of this project will empower CHWs with the tools they need to benefit over 1,000 pregnant women in rural India--and that's just the beginning. Global Health Bridge believes that if CHWs are provided with better health reporting tools in rural areas, their compliance with WHO-recommended prenatal visits will increase dramatically, and the number of complications or deaths related to childbirth will decline. This will lead to lower medical costs, and healthier mothers and babies.