Frontline Health Workers are incessantly the first point of contact that a community has with the health system. They, being a critical interface between the community and the public health system, play an important role in convincing families to adopt life-saving health practices and linking the community to the broader health system.
The state of Uttar Pradesh, equipped with a large network of about 23,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and over 150,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), has an enormous potential to improve the reach and utilization of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A) services in the State. Yet, for a more effective delivery and improved program outcomes, there seemed to be a need to strengthen and support the FLWs by unburdening them of the complex and difcult to carry manuals, registers, and other job aids. With an evergrowing effectiveness of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
approaches in the health sector, m-Sehat, a pre-loaded mobile application focusing on supporting client based tracking by recording maternal and infant data in real-time, reinforcing learning, and strengthening counselling efforts during home visits by FLWs, is yet another signicant accomplishment of the UP Government. Customized dashboards will facilitate data based decision and early identication of issues and problem solving.
I applaud SIFPSA for taking the onus of implementing this unique project in Uttar Pradesh, which I am certain, will be a trend setter for the health sector. The learnings emerging from this program will have lasting implications for scale up within the state and across other geographies!