Today UNICEF travels deep inside the Thar desert today; to Barmer district, on the country's western border.
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Barmer one of India's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). In addition to economic challenges & the daily hardships imposed by a life in the desert
The infant & maternal mortality here, is one of the highest in Rajasthan. People in villages rely heavily on ASHA workers to provide counselling on pregnancy and newborn care (Picture of Asha next to village houses)
While the typical ASHA moves around with pen and paper 'collecting information', Barmer's E-ASHA provides 'quality counselling' with the help of fancy TABLETS. You heard it right, android Tablets!