A mobile application ‘m-sakhi’ will be launched in five districts of Uttar Pradesh from October, to streamline and supervise the work of ASHA, ANM and anganwadi workers in the state. The efforts by Accredited social health activists (ASHA), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) and anganwadi workers will now be supervised through multimedia enabled ‘m-sakhi’ application and the ‘m-sehat’ programme. The move is aimed to front line health workers in improving maternal, neonatal and child health.
Qualcomm, providing technical support to the project, has signed an agreement with state agency State Innovations in Family Planning Services Agency (SIFSA) and National Health Mission through ‘IntraHealth’. “m-sakhi was launched in November last year as a pilot project in Badagaon block in Jhansi district. From next month, a detailed project ‘m-Sehat’ would be launched in Kannauj, Bareilly, Sitapur, Mirzaour and Faizabad districts in which m-sakhi would also be included”, Country Head of IntraHealth, Laboni Jana said.
Senior Manager of Qualcomm, Anirban Mukerjee said that ASHA and ANM workers would be given application equipped mobile phones during training. The work done by frontline workers would reach senior officers through dashboard, which would facilitate supervision at block and district levels, he said. Mukerjee added that anganbari workers would also be associated with “m-sakhi” project.
Recently, in another public private partnership, India’s first modernised anganwadi centre was launched at Hasanpur village in Sonipat, Haryana, which will be replicated at 4,000 other places and is likely to change the face of government’s 40-year-old children and women-oriented scheme.The Sonepat facility, built in partnership with private mining firm Vedanta at a cost of Rs 12 lakh, is part of Central government’s Nand-Ghar Yojna that aims at transforming the anganwadi centers, which accommodate around 50 children in daytime everyday, by making them equipped with latest facilities.
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