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It takes a village: Components of the Indian public health ecosystem

Ashok thinks of India’s public health as an ecosystem with inter-linked components, necessary to achieve the goal of universal healthcare. What are these components that need to work together for the Indian public health system to realise its potential?

The man with a plan: on Ashok Alexander and the Antara Foundation

Grassroot health workers across Rajasthan will soon work off tablets, using simple applications, to deliver maternal and child healthcare, thanks to Ashok Alexander and his team at Antara Foundation

State makes giant leap in mother and child healthcare : DNA

Nourishment levels of mother and child have been improved under Akshada programme. A big change is expected under the program when it gets implemented further with the help of IT,” said Raje.

It is possible to address the micro-data gap in healthcare delivery with creativity and diligence

One of the biggest problems we face in public health is micro-data. By micro-data, I mean data collected and used by frontline health workers. There are three categories of Front Line Workers (FLW):Anganwadi Worker (AWW), who is responsible for nutrition and health monitoring of young children and their mothers; Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA), who mobilises the community to participate...

Ashok Alexander: Aiming for charity on a grand scale

As the mega-czar of the Gates Foundation's anti-HIV campaign in India, Ashok Alexander brought together the management skills he had learnt as a McKinsey consultant and a war-chest of over $200 million. Now, he's trying to doing it all over again, but on a shoestring budget.

The Missing Element In Public Health Delivery Is Community

In my experience, the missing piece in the public health delivery puzzle has been the demand side, says Ashok Alexander.

How Coloured Bindis Help Track Health Of Mothers And Babies In Rajasthan (NDTV feature on village mapping and AAA)

Using digitized maps and coloured bindis, a unique initiative in rural Rajasthan is keeping track of the health of pregnant women and children. The effort is also bringing together the frontline (AAA) workers – ASHA Sahyogini, Anganwadi Worker (AWW) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) – who otherwise have distinct functions, towards a common goal.

Akashada’s AAA intervention to be maximized in other districts

Hindustan Times Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said the ongoing programme to bring improvement in mother and child health and in their nourishment levels will be expanded to other districts.

mMitra voice calls to the rescue for Jhalawar’s pregnant women and children

Hindustan Times The technology is being launched through “Akshada” programme that is focused on the crucial initial 1000 days of a child between his or her conception until the age of two years and includes the most critical indicators like maternal anemia , neo-natal mortality and improving immunization. The programme has been launched in partnership with Tata Trust and Armman....

Akshada’s AAA intervention to be scaled up to other districts from Jhalawar.

Times News Network Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, while addressing the officers, directed them to identify districts of different geographical conditions to scale-up the AAA programme in Rajasthan. This project was showing good results as the entire functioning of the three health workers became easy when they joined each other. Adolescent girls of the village, aged between 13 and 19 years,...