Though the world may have made tremendous progress in terms of medical technology over the last few years, getting access to quality healthcare is still considered a luxury, especially in developing countries like India. At 16 per cent and 27 per cent, India contributes a higher global share of maternal and newborn deaths respectively than any other country in the world. However, most of these deaths are preventable with the help of low-cost technological solutions.
Dasra recently launched a report Life Line that presents innovations in the healthcare sector and also features the work of scalable and impactful social organizations that offer better health outcomes for mothers and children.
The report found that high rates of penetration and access to affordable information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones and the internet have the potential to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. Dasra evaluated over 100 non-profits and social businesses to analyse their approaches and interventions. Following a comprehensive due diligence process, 11 organizations have been highlighted in the report.
Dasra’s research also highlights the pressing need for governments and funders to view technology as a strategic and integral part of delivering and strengthening health services in India.