Former Country Representative, India
mSakhi (sakhi means “a friend” in Hindi) is an open source Android application developed specifically for frontline health workers in India. It’s is an all-in-one job aid and electronic medical record system that replaces multiple paper-based tools and helps health workers gain access to the most up-to-date training and information in easy-to-understand, convenient formats that work for them.
With mSakhi, health workers such as India’s ASHAs—which stands for accredited social health activists—can use their smartphones to update skills, stay in touch with supervisors, and track and report crucial data about health issues in their communities. They can use the app to teach new parents how to protect their babies from infection or dehydration, how to breastfeed, and how to identify symptoms of serious illness. If a mother or baby needs medical attention, an ASHA can use mSakhi to quickly refer them to a doctor who can help.
mSakhi's promising results have helped inform a large-scale smartphone-based mHealth initiative led by the Government of Uttar Pradesh reaching 12,000 frontline health workers in five districts—with a total population of 15 million. And mSakhi will soon be available for frontline health workers in two other states of India (Uttarakhand and Jharkhand) with a combined population of 45 million.
IntraHealth is seeking partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to help expand mSakhi even further geographically and into new subject areas such as noncommunicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, and youth programs.
IntraHealth originally developed mSakhi with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Other funders supporting IntraHealth’s mSakhi work included the Wireless Reach program of Qualcomm and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.