Maternal Healthcare in Assam – Mannu Amrit
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Chetna+ | Maternal Healthcare, IBM Research

Collaborators: IBM Research, New Delhi and Embedded Interactions Lab, IIT Guwahati

Project Summary: To aim of the project was to improve the maternal mortality rate in Assam through intervention in information and communication technology. The motive is to empower pregnant women(PW), ANM(Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) and ASHA(Accredit Social Health Activist) by identifying their problem areas through extensive field research and coming up with an ICT enabled solution. Focus is primarily on the use of gestural based technology clubbed with IBM Research’s spoken web technology.

The project began with extensive literature research wherein existing policies, programs and problem were thoroughly brainstormed and understood. Key members such as Pregnant Women, ASHA, ANM etc were identified and their work structure studies upon. Having done that, contextual inquiry was done in order to understand in depth the problems and difficulties in Assam. A few use cases of possible ICT interventions in these scenarios were prepared with respect to our findings. We used the affinity diagram method for compiling all our ethnography study findings.
Once complete, in phase 2, we shifted focus on the use of gestures in this scenario and trying to understand the process of identification of gestures for a proposed system. Finally, a multi modal system, Chetna + was built. Pilot study and usability testing were conducted to examine the acceptance of such a system for information delivery.

Sorathia, K., Amrit, M., Jain, M., Punekar, R.M., Srivastava, S. and Rajput, N. (2015)“Gesture Extraction Study for a Maternal Healthcare Information System in Rural Assam, India” – Journal of Usability Studies 11(1), pp. 7-20

K. Sorathia, M. Amrit, M. Jain, D. George, A. Ranjan & J. Kumar.”Research Findings, Analysis and ICT Interventions for Empowerment of Maternal Health in Assam” in proceedings of Intelligent User interfaces for Developing Regions (IUIDR), International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2013, Santa Monica, USA

M. Amrit, M. Jain & K. Sorathia. “Research Findings, Analysis & ICT Interventions for Empowerment of Maternal Health in Assam, India” published in International Journal of Research in Engineering & Applied Science (ISSN: 2294-3905)

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