ARMMAN Newsletter June 2017 

ARMMAN becomes the force to keep the MOMENTUM going


ARMMAN hosted MOMENTUM, a platform that seeks to gain the speed to address the pressing problems of maternal and infant mortality in the underprivileged communities of the world using mHealth initiatives. Representatives from four countries—South Africa, Nigeria, Bangladesh and India—and organisations such as Jhpiego,, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter, Dnet, USAID, Pathfinder International and Mother and Child Survival Program gathered to handhold each other to achieve the scale and impact for the mHealth programmes running in their countries.

The day-long conference on May 20, 2017, included two edifying panel discussions with focus on sustainability and impact evaluation of the mHealth initiatives undertaken by the participating organisations in their respective countries. MOMENTUM was concluded with a well-thought action plan for the coming years within its associates.

A day prior to the conference, the participants met the mMitra beneficiaries in a slum cluster in Dharavi— Asia’s second largest slum—to ascertain how the free mobile voice service is bringing about a change in the field of maternal and child healthcare in the country.


WHO acknowledges ARMMAN as a Public Health Champion for 2017

ARMMAN was awarded the WHO Public Health Champion Award for the year 2017 in the 'innovation category' on the World Health Day on April 7, 2017.

Dr Aparna Hegde, founder and managing trustee, ARMMAN, was felicitated with the award by Dr Henk Bekedam, the WHO representative to India, at an event organised in New Delhi.

The Public Health Champion awards recognise and honour individuals as well as institutions, which are best in the field of public health.

#mMitra #pregnant #women #mothers #ANC #maternal #health

mMitra reaches out to over 1 million pregnant women and mothers with crucial preventive healthcare information

Alex Gorsky, CEO and Chairman, Johnson & Johnson, meets the mMitra families at a slum in New Delhi

#training #application #ANMs #nandurbar

Alex Gorsky, CEO and Chairman, Johnson & Johnson, met the mMitra families at a slum in New Delhi to understand the programme and the impact that it has created thus far. Mr Gorsky congratulated team ARMMAN for its work and the behavioural changes that mMitra has brought about in the families that it has touched.

He was ecstatic to know that women from the underprivileged communities are now finding support from their husbands and in-laws for adhering to the best practices during pregnancy and post-child birth.

Gorsky met the mMitra beneficiaries at our NGO partner Sur Nirman Educational and Cultural Society’s office in Valmiki Basti on May 23, 2017. During the visit, he interacted with the women and their families to find out the magnitude of the transformational change that mMitra services have brought about in their lives.

Gorsky, with his wife Patricia Gorsky, also paid a home visit to two of the mMitra beneficiaries.


ARMMAN becomes the first Indian non-profit to win the Healthcare Innovation Award

#ARMMAN #mHealth #MCH #maternal #health #HIV #AIDS

ARMMAN is one of the four organisations to have won a share of the fourth annual award from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Save the Children India’s partnership. Selected from 171 submissions from 30 countries, a judging panel comprising health experts from across the globe awarded ARMMAN with $1,15,000 (approximately Rs 74 lakh) to scale-up its customised free mobile voice call service mMitra.

mMitra has enrolled over one million women across seven states in India since its inception in 2013. The mobile service was celebrated at a roundtable discussion with stakeholders, policymakers and Save the Children’s Artist Ambassador, actor Dia Mirza. Dr Aparna Hegde, founder and managing trustee of ARMMAN was felicitated at an event organised in Mumbai on June 2, 2017. Also present on the occasion were Annaswamy Vaidheesh, vice-president South Asia and managing director India, GSK, and Thomas Chandy, chief executive officer, Save the Children India.

The judging panel comprised the who’s who from the field of public health, science and academia including Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury, vice-chairperson of BRAC; Parveen June Kumar CBE, professor of Medicine and Education, Consultant gastroenterologist, Barts and the London School of Medicine; Anne McCormic, Director of Global Public Policy at Ernst & Young; Lord Naren Patel, Member of the House of Lords and Council Member of the Medical Research Council and Aparajita Ramakrishnan, Deputy Director, Donor Government Relations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Zee Media felicitate ARMMAN with Transform India Award for being a force of change in maternal, infant and child healthcare in India

#mMitra #pregnant #women #mothers #maternal #health

ARMMAN was recognised for being a game-changer in the field of maternal, infant and child health in India through its programmes. Organised by Zee Media Limited, the event honoured transformative and revolutionary changes brought about in the society through innovative services in different fields.

Dr Aparna Hegde, founder and managing trustee, ARMMAN, was felicitated with the award by Rajiv Chandra, at an event organised on May 25, 2017. “We feel honoured to receive the award. While I was doing my residency in Sion Hospital, Mumbai, I closely saw how pervasive systematic problems led to loss of lives, something which was completely preventable. If I had to bring about a change, it had to be done at a scale and within the community. Technology became a source of this scale. Our programmes use technology innovatively to reach scale and depth of impact,” said Dr Hegde.

Also present on the occasion were Union Minister of State for Telecommunications and Railways Manoj Sinha and Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT and Law and Justice P.P. Chaudhary. The Zee Transform Media Awards recognise and honour role models across key development sectors which have the potential to become a force multiplier in the non-profit category. 

  ARMMAN presents results of randomised cluster trial at ICT4D Conference in Hyderabad

ARMMAN mMitra research impact ICT4D

ARMMAN made a poster presentation of the key findings of a randomised cluster trial on May 17, 2017, at the annual Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Conference. The ICT4D Conference brings together thought leaders from around the world to explore how innovation in technology is making a measurable difference in millions of people’s lives.

This year, the conference focused on accelerating achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals with the help of knowledge sharing at the platform. Honing her skills as a strategist in the field of maternal and infant health, Dr Aparna Hegde, founder and managing trustee, ARMMAN, presented the results of the randomised cluster trial—supported by UKAID—that established the impact of the mMitra and the Arogya Sakhi Home-Based Antenatal and Infancy Care programmes implemented in three districts of rural Maharashtra. Besides that, Dr Hegde also spoke on how to mitigate operating challenges in large scale preventive mHealth programmes.

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SYMHEALTH conference sees a poster presentation by ARMMAN on research study demonstrating effectiveness of information delivered through mMitra voice messages

ARMMAN mMitra research impact SYMHEALTH

ARMMAN’s paper titled Impact of a Voice Call Service on Knowledge and Health Seeking Behaviour of Pregnant Women has been accepted by the SYMHEALTH 2017 conference committee. An international conference organised by the faculty of Health and Biomedical Sciences, Symbiosis International University, SYMHEALTH 2017 creates a platform for various stakeholders of the global healthcare community to facilitate availability, affordability and accessibility of healthcare delivery worldwide. The paper has been authored by Dr Lakshmi Kota, Dr Prerna Kumar, Dr Lakshmi K. Josyula, and Dr Aparna Hegde.

With this year’s theme being Healthcare in a Globalizing World, the objective of the conference was to explore enriching healthcare delivery through an interdisciplinary approach. Dr Shinde, manager, research at ARMMAN, presented the top-line findings of the research study which compared the behaviour of the existing mMitra subscribers with the new mMitra subscribers.

Along with the World Health Organization (WHO) and The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), many stakeholders from across multi-disciplines such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, NGOs, research institutes and health ministry officials attended the session to know about the affordable, accessible and effective solutions ARMMAN offers to meet the antenatal and prenatal healthcare challenges in the country.

Click here to read a summary of the top-line findings of the report.

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