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This study aims to evaluate the “M-SAKHI integrated package” for data collection, monitoring and supervision of efficiency of ASHA as compared to existing practices of data collection and monitoring of ASHA.  Additionally the package offers text messages, voice messages, alerts, counseling messages, health videos and phone to phone counseling. The findings from the proposed trial will provide new public health knowledge about the impact, and sustainability of an integrated package of cell phone intervention (data collection, text / voice messages, alerts, and counseling) to improve infant growth and development by promoting the access to health information and widening the coverage in inaccessible areas. The ASHAs outreach activities, data retrieval and responsiveness of beneficiaries can be monitored real time using cell phones. Therefore it can be used for research activities and for implementation of health programs by non-for-profit foundations, public health systems and private health care providers.

In our state, the rural public health providers have been provided with cell phones making integration and scaling up in the existing system possible with adequate training. This intervention package is especially useful where accessibility to health providers is difficult.

The program aims to collect high-level evidence of whether a mobile phone communications package directed at pregnant women and women with children less than 24 months of age in rural India and addresses prenatal, natal and post-natal care including nutrition in pregnancy, and appropriate infant and young child feeding after delivery, will:

  • Reduce the rate of low birth weight
  • Improve breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices
  • Reduce the prevalence of child wasting and stunting at 24 months
  • Improve infant development at 12 and  24 months of age (assessed by Bayleys’ Scale of Infant Development Or BSID)

Indian Team

  • Dr. Archana Patel
  • Ms. Smita Puppalwar
  • Dr. Yamini Pusdekar
  • Dr. Priyanka Kuhite
  • Dr. Samreen Sadaf Khan
  • Dr. Shashank Ambhore Patil
  • Dr. Jayant Shamkuwar
  • Dr. Ravi Petkar
  • Ms. Amrita Puranik
  • Ms. Shradha Agrawal
  • Dr. Aparna Hegade (ARMMAN, Mumbai)
  • Dr. Kavita Menon (IIPHG)
  • Dr. Meenakshi Girish

University Of Sydney Team

  • Dr. Michael J. Dibley
  • Dr. Ashraful Alam
  • Dr. Sumithra Muthayya
  • Mr. Patrick Kelly
  • Tracey-Lea Laba
  • Ms. Neha Faruqui
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This study aims to evaluate the “M-SAKHI integrated package” for data collection, monitoring and supervision of efficiency of ASHA as compared to existing practices of data collection and monitoring of ASHA.  Additionally the package offers text messages, voice messages, alerts, counseling messages, health videos and phone to phone counseling. The findings from the proposed trial will provide new public health knowledge about the impact, and sustainability of an integrated package of cell phone intervention (data collection, text / voice messages, alerts, and counseling) to improve infant growth and development by promoting the access to health information and widening the coverage in inaccessible areas. The ASHAs outreach activities, data retrieval and responsiveness of beneficiaries can be monitored real time using cell phones. Therefore it can be used for research activities and for implementation of health programs by non-for-profit foundations, public health systems and private health care providers.

In our state, the rural public health providers have been provided with cell phones making integration and scaling up in the existing system possible with adequate training. This intervention package is especially useful where accessibility to health providers is difficult.

The program aims to collect high-level evidence of whether a mobile phone communications package directed at pregnant women and women with children less than 24 months of age in rural India and addresses prenatal, natal and post-natal care including nutrition in pregnancy, and appropriate infant and young child feeding after delivery, will:

  • Reduce the rate of low birth weight
  • Improve breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices
  • Reduce the prevalence of child wasting and stunting at 24 months
  • Improve infant development at 12 and  24 months of age (assessed by Bayleys’ Scale of Infant Development Or BSID)
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Team

Indian Team

  • Dr. Archana Patel
  • Ms. Smita Puppalwar
  • Dr. Yamini Pusdekar
  • Dr. Priyanka Kuhite
  • Dr. Samreen Sadaf Khan
  • Dr. Shashank Ambhore Patil
  • Dr. Jayant Shamkuwar
  • Dr. Ravi Petkar
  • Ms. Amrita Puranik
  • Ms. Shradha Agrawal
  • Dr. Aparna Hegade (ARMMAN, Mumbai)
  • Dr. Kavita Menon (IIPHG)
  • Dr. Meenakshi Girish

University Of Sydney Team

  • Dr. Michael J. Dibley
  • Dr. Ashraful Alam
  • Dr. Sumithra Muthayya
  • Mr. Patrick Kelly
  • Tracey-Lea Laba
  • Ms. Neha Faruqui
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