In April 2017, the project team was able to travel to Kerala, India and form an impression of the supply situation in rural areas, as well as build a cooperation with the Samhathi – Hilfe für Indien e.V. (Samhathi – Help for India). This synergy was created at the 2015 GMDS conference in Krefeld. One of the chairmen of the NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) was able to convince himself of the project at the conference. Initial discussions quickly followed, with the aim of tackling regions which are inadequately supplied with medical care using mobile health management.
India suffers from the fundamental problem, that there are many sick people, with only inadequate medical care being available. The need for the development of user-friendly, mobile technologies to support decisions by nurses or healthcare personnel in developing and emerging countries is also demonstrated by the prevailing NCD’s (Non-Communicable Diseases). Cardiovascular diseases or cancer, for example, account for more than 60% of all deaths worldwide, but more than 80% of the deaths of NCD’s occur in emerging and developing countries.
For the realisation of the mutual project, two systems were implemented in Mararikkulam and several MSW (Medical Street Workers) and volunteers were trained in the use of the system. The result is an intrinsic motivation of MSW in dealing with the system and the newly available care. In the process, impassables became success stories, for example with one of the MSW. Regina is a 40 year old Indian and has never worked with a computer in her whole life and was supposed to work with the system. Despite this extremely poor starting situation, she quickly realized the surplus value for her own work. The fact that the system has already been used in your daily routine, during the training with it, has contributed to this. Risk situations were detected, which would not have been detected without the mobile support.
Numerous representatives of the press appeared at the presentation of the system, which resulted in publications in newspapers and national television.