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ASHA (or Accredited Social Health Worker) is our hope to reduce the high neonatal and maternal mortality rate amongst the poor population.
Every day, each ASHA educates nearly 50 women about basic healthcare and ensures better healthcare facilities to mothers and their children. These community health workers are our first point of contact for promoting health awareness and counseling.
But since most of these health workers tend to have little training and often operate independently, community health programs become less effective and difficult to run.
Save the Children, with support of Hewlett Packard, is working to improve the quality of community health programs in Kishangarh Block of Ajmer, Rajasthan by training and equipping ASHAs with mobile phones running specialized software.
These mobile phones have software that contains registration forms, checklists, danger sign monitoring and educational prompts.
This software (called CommCare) keeps a simple history for each patient and data from every visit will be transferred to a centralized location when the ASHA enters network coverage area.