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Sanghosti’ – IIIT-D’s solution for empowering ASHA workers

IIITD

Provides mobile based training and learning platform through distance learning for ASHA workers

Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi has come up with a project ‘Sanghosti’ that is targeted at building a low cost technology-enabled solution for empowering ASHA workers, the key functionaries of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).ASHA is a trained village women accredited with the responsibility of community mobilization towards local health planning and access of health services focusing particularly on the women and children health.

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Sanghosti is research project only which aims to strengthen ASHA by educating her though innovative mobile learning platforms.  IIITD conducted a field deployment in Haryana to train 20 ASHA workers on Home-Based Newborn Care with the help of PGIMER Institute (Chandigarh) and a NGO SWACH (Panchkula, Haryana).

Sanghosti found significant positive results in terms of both imparting knowledge to the ASHA workers and in providing direct benefits to the corresponding target families.

The study highlighted the potential of Sanghosti to establish a complementary approach to the traditional training mechanisms. IIITD is currently, working on the development of advanced features to make Sanghosti extensible for different contexts.

Speaking at the project development, Prof Pankaj Jalote, Director, IIIT-D said, “We, as an institution take great pride in being a part of such a great initiative. In association with PGIMER Institute and NGO SWACH, we have found positive results in terms of both the ASHA knowledge gains and direct benefits to the corresponding target families through this project.”

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh was conceived in 1960 as a center of excellence which would endeavor to develop patterns of teaching in postgraduate medical education in as many branches as possible and attempt to produce specialists in several disciplines of medicine. It was also envisaged that these specialists would spread out in the country in various medical colleges and medical institutions and impart medical education of highest standard to the students and set up nucleus of excellence in their own institutions.

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