mSakhi Is Changing Everything for This Community Health Worker and Her Clients in Rural India

June 25, 2018Digital health  empowers Lalita to provide better antenatal care—and to keep up with her children.Lalita Chauhan starts her day early to the sound of an alarm from her phone. A couple of years ago, she could not have imagined starting her day in such a high-tech way, much less owning a smartphone.As an ASHA (or accredited social health activist) in rural India, Lalita and other community health workers are benefitting from the country ’s Digital India initiative, whereby the national government is transitioning paper-based services to digital platforms to make public services more accessible to communities. Her new smartphone is a result of this, and her confidence in using it comes from technology training fromIntraHealth International.IntraHealth is helping the state of Uttarakhand leverage the national campaign to improve primary health care at the facility and household levels, in part through itsmSakhi digital application for Android smartphones.  Now Lalita can pull up  real-time status reports for any client, any time on her phone.To help ASHAs transition from paper records to digital, IntraHealth taught Lalita and her colleagues how to use their smartphones for data collection, skills building, and health promotion. The training also introduces them to new ways to use technology in their everyday lives, such as setting up calendar alerts and wake-up or reminder alarms, as well as communicating with family members ...
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This study evaluates the efficacy of mobile phone-based (mHealth) reminders and incentives for improving vaccination timeliness in the first year of life.MethodsThe study, conducted in Mtwara Region in Tanzania, includes 400 late-stage pregnant women enrolled from rural and urban health facilities and surrounding communities. The primary outcome is timeliness of vaccinations among their children at 6, 10, and 14  weeks after birth. Timeliness is defined as vaccination receipt within 28 days after the vaccination due date. The quasi-randomized controlled trial includes three arms: (1) standard of care (no remi...
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te;na M, Montesdeoca Melián A, Ruiz-Contreras J, en representación del Comité Asesor de Vacunas de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (CAV-AEP) Abstract The Advisory Committee on Vaccines of the Spanish Association of Paediatrics annually publishes the immunisation schedule considered optimal for children resident in Spain, according to available evidence on current vaccines. As regards funded immunisations, the 2+1 strategy (2, 4, 11 months) with hexavalent (DTPa-IPV-Hib-HB) and 13-valent pneumococcal vaccines are recommended. Administration of the 6-year booster dose wi...
Source: Anales de Pediatria - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: An Pediatr (Barc) Source Type: research
ld AL Abstract Measles, a vaccine-preventable illness, is one of the most infectious diseases known to man. In 2015, an estimated 134,200 measles deaths occurred globally. Rubella, also vaccine-preventable, is a concern because infection during pregnancy can result in congenital defects in the baby. More than 100,000 babies with congenital rubella syndrome were estimated to have been born globally in 2010. Eradication of both measles and rubella is considered to be feasible, beneficial, and more cost-effective than high-level control. All six World Health Organization (WHO) regions have measles elimination goals b...
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
te;na M, Montesdeoca Melián A, Ruiz-Contreras J, en representación del Comité Asesor de Vacunas de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (CAV-AEP) Abstract The Advisory Committee on Vaccines of the Spanish Association of Paediatrics annually publishes the immunisation schedule considered optimal for children resident in Spain, according to available evidence on current vaccines. Regarding funded immunisations, 2+1 strategy (2, 4, 11-12 months) with hexavalent (DTPa-IPV-Hib-HB) and 13-valent pneumococcal vaccines are recommended. Administration of the 6-year booster dose with...
Source: Anales de Pediatria - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: An Pediatr (Barc) Source Type: research
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Pregnancy Vaccines immunization immunizations Source Type: blogs
This report summarizes the recent epidemiological studies on vaccine in Japan as a prologue to the next six papers collected from the symposium. PMID: 28818469 [PubMed - in process]
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In 2014, a report published by UNICEF revealed that, due to an outbreak of polio in Kenya, the charity had decided it was time to step up their efforts to contain the disease. According to their reports, the most effective way to increase the children’s immunity was to vaccinate them with a combination of both the oral (OPV) and the injectable polio vaccine (IPV) simultaneously. [1] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “There are two types of vaccines that protect against polio: inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) and oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). IPV is given as an injection in ...
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Conclusions: These results are in accord with previous findings of PFAS immunotoxicity at current exposure levels. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP275 Received: 09 February 2016 Revised: 06 June 2016 Accepted: 12 July 2016 Published: 26 July 2017 Address correspondence to P. Grandjean, HSPH-EOME, 401 Park Dr., 3E L3-045, Boston, MA 02215 USA. Telephone: 617-384-8907. Email: pgrandjean@health.sdu.dk The authors declare they have no actual or potential competing financial interests. Note to readers with disabilities: EHP strives to ensure that all journal content is accessible to all readers. However, some figure...
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CONCLUSION: The timeliness and completeness of routine childhood vaccination in preschool children in this community-based pregnancy cohort is lower than provincial targets. Data on timeliness of vaccination can inform further work on barriers and enablers to vaccination in order to meet provincial targets. PMID: 28621647 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Canadian Journal of Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Can J Public Health Source Type: research
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