About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Mobiles Phones may Provide Health Services in Bihar

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on November 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Font : A-A+

 Mobiles Phones may Provide Health Services in Bihar

A simple mobile phone would actually provide a good number of health services in some areas of Bihar, particularly maternal and child health.

The "Ananya" programme, run by BBC Media Action in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in eight districts of Bihar, aims to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health in the state.

Advertisement

The programme is targeting an audience of 27 million women of child-bearing age through 200,000 community health workers.

These health workers are responsible for counselling millions of families to take advantage of government health services and adopt healthier behaviour.
Advertisement

"The real innovations are that these services can have a significant impact on people's lives at an unprecedented scale, and the public-private partnership model that makes them affordable and sustainable," said Sara Chamberlain of BBC Media Action, India.

All health workers either own or have access to a mobile phone, according to research by BBC Media Action.

A "Mobile Academy" training course has been developed to expand and refresh the health workers' knowledge of 10 life-saving health behaviour and enhance their communication skills.

The audio course is delivered via Interactive Voice Response (IVR) that can be accessed from any mobile handset.

Mobile Kunji and Academy are accessible from any mobile phone handset (no special software is required). The shortcodes and tariffs are common across six of the biggest mobile operators in India, responsible for 90 percent of the market in Bihar.

BBC Media Action is also planning to expand the services to more districts of Bihar and two other states -- Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended Reading

Latest Indian Health News

More Minors Getting Addicted to Tobacco, Reveals Study
Tobacco and tobacco related products were found to cause 25 types of diseases and about 40 types of cancer.
National Medical Devices Policy 2023 Approved
The National Medical Devices Policy 2023 approved is aimed to create measures to accelerate the orderly growth of the medical device sector.
 Native Foods May Tackle Malnutrition in Vulnerable Tribal Communities in India
A new study exploring the associations between Indigenous food consumption, and malnutrition in four vulnerable tribal Communities in Jharkhand, India.
India Takes the Lead: The World's Most Populous Country
With a population of 1,428.6 million, India has overtaken China as the world's most populous country as per a new report.
 Alcohol Behind the Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease 'Epidemic' in India
Experts blame the increased consumption of alcohol, junk food, high-fat diets, and sugary drinks are driving a spike in alcoholic fatty liver disease in India.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Mobiles Phones may Provide Health Services in Bihar Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests