While the typical ASHA moves around with pen and paper 'collecting information', Barmer's E-ASHA provides counselling with the help of fancy tablets. You heard it right!
In 2006, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Barmer among India's 250 most backward districts. In addition to economic challenges and the daily hardships imposed by a life in the desert, women and children in Barmer have limited access to quality health care and counseling services. The infant and maternal mortality rate in the district is among the highest in Rajasthan.
The people living in villages in this district, like any other district in India, rely heavily on ASHA workers to provide counselling on pregnancy and newborn care. In April this year, the community health mobilizers of Barmer witnessed a drastic transformation in their roles when they were equipped with tablets to support their work of counseling mothers and pregnant women on issues related to health, nutrition, sanitation and best hygiene practices. Besides significantly improving their counseling capacity, the tablets helped the health workers to keep a tab on the health of mothers, pregnant women and children.
A large credit for this innovation goes to the young students like Vivek Agarwal and Vaibhav Bahuguna from IIT Jodhpur who have worked hard for the idea of E-ASHA to be successful.
Join us in congratulating these students and also wishing Barmer's E-ASHAs like Pushpa Devi all the best for their work in Barmer.
Watch this video to see how ASHAs has incorporated the tablets as one key element in their day-to-day work.