ASHA Monitoring Low Birth Weight Babies in Rural India.


About 7.8 million babies are born with low birth weight (under 2.5 kg) each year with almost 20% child mortality rate. Basic vitals of low birth weight babies, such as weight, height, and temperature, need to be monitored closely and accurately each week for the first 10 weeks after birth. The parents often delay to bring their child for checkups, due to unawareness, poverty, and poor accessibility to the nearest hospital. A grass root level approach is needed. The babies need to be monitored locally at their homes by the health activist, and advice needs to be given to the mothers. They need a tool to monitor babies easily, accurately, and in a hygienic manner. This is a simple rugged portable device that measures the baby’s weight and temperature. It has an built-in digital weighing scale and a IR thermometer, to avoid cross contamination. The baby’s growth progress can be closely documented in the personal baby blanket. This ensure on time care for the babies in rural India.

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About Asha
Introduction to the problem:
About 7.8 million babies with low birth weight (under 2.5 kg) are born in India each year, with a 20 % mortality rate. This is mainly due to lack of awareness and lack of accessibility to the local hospital, to receive proper care on time. These vulnerable babies need to be monitored closely to ensure their development, and this has to be done locally at home.
ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) are the bridge between the rural community and the local hospital. These are women who belong to the local community, have been appointed by the