A health crisis is the most frequent economic shock faced by poor people, and the most likely to plunge them into extreme poverty. Grameen Foundation designs health solutions, identifying the best possible technologies and innovations to solve a given problem, whether issues of maternal and infant mortality, disease treatment and prevention, health and nutrition, or sexual and reproductive health.
Our solutions often make use of digital technology, providing millions of poor people with health information and improving healthcare delivery. Our solutions have been used to communicate health information over mobile phones; to train and manage frontline health workers; and to facilitate vaccine clinical trials in outbreak situations.
We developed MOTECH, a multipurpose digital health platform. Because we designed MOTECH as an open-source program, it is now being used without cost by dozens of organizations in more than 15 countries to improve the health of low-income people.
Through the use of digital technology we are providing crucial health information to pregnant women in India, facilitating the clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone, and strengthening health systems that deliver family planning services in poor countries. To assure the broadest possible impact, we work with partners in government, the private sector and civil society:
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Timely health information delivered over mobile phones can help ensure healthy pregnancies, safe childbirth and happy, healthy babies. In India and Ghana, our digital technology is reaching millions of women with health information.
Digital technology can help accelerate the development and testing of new vaccines that can prevent deadly disease outbreaks from turning into uncontrolled epidemics. In Sierra Leone, we are facilitating a vaccine clinical trial against Ebola.
Community health workers, nurses and midwives are on the frontlines of protecting health in countries without enough doctors, hospitals and clinics. We use digital technology to train health workers serving remote areas.
When poor people need treatment, and have no medical insurance, out-of-pocket expenses often make safe, reliable care unattainable. But one creative solution has enabled people to overcome that hurdle, and get the care they need.