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AIIMS and IIT Team Up to Launch SwasthGrabh, Targets Rural Pregnant Women

AIIMS has collaborated with IIT Rorkee to launch a latest app for supporting pregnant women via smartphones. Aptly named, SwasthGarbh, the app is eyeing to offer care in the antenatal space as well as medical support in real time to mommies to be.

While a number of start-ups in the private sector has already ventured into such a domain and have had astounding success, this government step is targeted at villages and rural areas across India, where even basic doctors fail to be available. The app will offer support and advice that will be credible, trustworthy and endorsed clinically.

Users can log in visits and maintain a calendar for upcoming check-ups and tests as well as keep tab of ongoing medication.

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Professor KK Pant, the Director at IIT Roorkee hailed the efforts of the researches and added, “The utility of telemedicine in healthcare has been brought to the forefront by the Covid-19 pandemic. The smartphone, with over one billion users worldwide, has tremendous potential to transform the field of medical sciences and improve healthcare.”

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The app is the brainchild of Roorkee’s Bioscience and Bio Engineering, namely Sahil Sharma and Deepak Sharma along with AIIMS’ s team comprising  Vatsla Dadhwal and Aparna Sharma. The app is unique in the market that it would cater to and also that all information out here would be clinically endorsed.

More deets on the App

‘SwasthGarbh’ App related research has been peer-reviewed for publishing in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Prof Deepak Sharma said, “As higher Neonatal Mortality Rate is an alarming concern, SwasthGarbh Mobile App will provide real-time medical support to all pregnant women and improve maternal-fetal health. This is a gift from IIT Roorkee to all the women in India/World and will help us to move forward in the Prime Minister’s AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat mission.”

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Around 150 patients were also clinically assessed for understanding the app utility.  The mean antenatal visits and compliance with WHO guidelines saw a hike among registered users of the app.

India is finally waking up to understanding the need to prioritize women health, nutrition and related support. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Women and Child Development vowed to look into the niches for nutritional support of pregnant moms, kids and adolescents with its Poshan 2.0 and Saksham Anganwadi programs.

An end note

Last year, the same Ministry had classified all major programs under few umbrella schemes for seamless implementation. In fact, around 2 lakh anganwadi hubs are being upgraded and revamped for helping provide better nutrition along with educational delivery.

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Satarupa Bhattacharya
Satarupa Bhattacharya
Satarupa B. Kaur has been writing professionally since a decade now. Always on the go; she loves to travel, books, playtime with her toddler--as she explores new places, amazing food and anything tech!

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