Federal Way-based nonprofit World Vision has received a $140,000 two-year grant to provide its community health workers in India with cell phones.
More importantly, the phones come loaded with the Motech Suite mHealth platform, which will allow the workers to deliver vital health information to families during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. The app enables trained community health workers to register pregnant women into the Bangalore government health system as well as a database managed by World Vision.
Called CommCare in India, the app will essentially replace heavy, bound ledgers health workers carried on their rounds.
The grant comes from Baxter International Foundation, an organization that gives funds to support initiatives that increase healthcare to the disadvantaged worldwide.
“Baxter and Baxter International Foundation are committed to supporting efforts that increase access to healthcare in underserved communities, and the expansion of the mHealth platform to all 198 wards of Bangalore exemplifies our commitment to sustainably increasing access to healthcare at the root level,” said Stacey Eisen, president of the Baxter International Foundation. “This is an innovative solution to help ensure women and their children have access to care at a most vulnerable time.”