Dr. Sarita Mittal’s Visit to present “Anemia Project” in USA
PURPOSE FOR INVITATION
Dr. Sarita Mittal was invited to attend the mHealth Summit 2013 in Washington DC & for appraisal of Anemia control project of Arogya Foundation of India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation USA fully supported her trip to USA.
Capital region wanted Dr. Sarita Mittal to attend mHealth Summit 2013, to meet international community, exchange ideas, and learn Western style of presenting data. “mHealth summit” is an international meeting focused on prorogating the use of mobile phone based technology to provide health services to distant unreachable areas throughout the world.
To provide USA based Arogya volunteers with an opportunity to learn Indian mind set and the difficulties of health activity in hard to reach areas in India from a trained field worker for promoting the anemia project, while doing this we also moved forward in setting alliance that would help AFI attain the goal of detection and treatment of anemia.
MHEALTH SUMMIT 2013
Pertinent session from mHealth summit 2013 are described below (www.mhealthsummit.org)
MOBILE FOR WOMEN: CONNECTING, EMPOWERING, IMPROVING LIVES
Monday, December 9 – 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Lakshmi Durga Chava, Director (CMH&N) Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty presented her findings in this session.
Women living in developing countries are 21% less likely to own a cell phone than a man, but the women who do own mobile phones (more than 1 billion) report feeling more connected and experiencing greater independence. mHealth plays an important part in empowering women by connecting them with health workers, vital health information, and by giving them access to new tools, resources and technology.
BEYOND BIHAR: LESSONS LEARNED IN BRINGING MHEALTH TO SCALE IN INDIA
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 – 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Beyond Bihar: Lessons Learned in bringing mHealth to scale in India is a scalable solution for the maternal, child health and nutrition continuum using mobile technology in a resource poor setting.
This program provides :
- 1) mhealth interventions to reach 100 million population across Bihar, India (US $20 million allocated for scale up).
- 2) Real time data strengthens supportive supervision for frontline health workers to deliver quality health services.
- 3) Mobile phones help front line workers to influence mothers and families to adopt healthy behavior and practices.
CARE implements continuum of care services along with the government of Bihar, Dimagi, BBC Media action and Grameen foundation. This program is supported by Bill and Malinda Gate foundation. (www.careindia.org).
Assisting community health workers in India: Dimagi’s commCare. This project received a grant from the mhealth alliance and specialized research assistance from WHO’s department of reproductive health and research. Due to the success of this program UP, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh governments have also agreed to partner with the gates foundation.
CYCLETEL: FAMILY PLANNING VIA MOBILE PHONES
Region: Asia-Pacific Country: India Partners: Georgetown University, Washington DC; Institute for Reproductive Health India; USAID;
This proof-of-concept aimed to assess the acceptability and feasibility of a mobile application called CycleTel. It supplies the Standard Days Method (SDM) directly to a user’s cell phone. SDM is a fertility awareness-based method that requires the user to avoid unprotected sex during days 8-19 of her menstrual cycle. The study results from Lucknow and Delhi fed into project adaption and the pilot project went live in April 2011. A case details how IRH worked with FrontlineSMS in a first step to scaling-up and to test the CycleTel concept before proceeding with product development
Charu Chadha of Georgetown University approached Arogya for testing their mobile-based text message (Rs 30/month) device. They will allow a free of charge voice message on mobile to serve the Arogya village women who cannot pay Rs. 30/ month. Once again this collaboration would empower the Arogya Sevika. (Www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4728crHddM ) (http://www.slideshare.net/IRHgeorgetown/family-planning-via-mobile-phones-proofofconcept-testing-in-india-cycletel)
Nandu Madhava a TED fellow (http://fellows.ted.com/profiles/nandu…) and an entrepreneur who gave up a Goldman Sachs career after a Harvard MBA to set up and create a mobile based health information startup in India called mDhil (www.mdhil.com) approached Arogya for free publicity on his web site.
GLOBAL HEALTH INTEREST GROUP (GHIG) AT NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH BETHESDA MARYLAND.
Following postdoctoral fellows attended the meeting at NIH on December 12 and 13 2013 with Dr. Sarita Mittal.
- 1) Sucharita Bhaumik MD. Pediatric Hematology Oncology Post-doctoral fellow Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Section, POB, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- 2) Parmit Kumar Singh Post-doctoral fellow in National Institute of child health and development (NICHD).
- 3) Samarth Chandra Agarwal Post-doctoral fellow in National Institutes of mental health (NIMH).
- 4) Ajay Vatave M.D., M.P.H.Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Program Evaluation and Performance Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.
- 5) Jessica Taaffe Jessica Taaffe, Ph.D.Post-doctoral fellow NIH/NIAID Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology
- 6) Blake Marleau Snyder, Intramural Research Training Award Fellow Neuroimmunology Branch National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS), NIH wants to go to India for community service.
Every one listed above was extremely pleased to meet with Dr. Mittal and to learn about the anemia project at the village level in India. This group is willing to participate and help in further discussions leading to substantial changes in health service provided in Arogya Villages. Recommendation was to organize a group of like-minded physicians who can work with Dr. Sarita Mittal either in the camp or provide training to Sevikas. Organized help by doctors would alleviate the scarcity of trained physicians and the health camps can be held more frequently for better monitoring. Those who met Dr. Mittal were very appreciative of the fact that such a group meeting took place at NIH campus. They would like to present the anemia project to a group of Indian scientist (NIH India) who meet regularly to discuss their scientific research. I will follow up with them on a regular basis.
MEETING WITH JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING:
Since July 2012, Capital region (Ekal Vidyalaya), Dr. Mittal (Arogya Foundation, India) and Dr. Acharya of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland have been discussing the options of using noninvasive method of anemia measurement by using “HemoGlobe”, a device developed by Biomedical Students working with Dr. Acharya. (http://archive.gazette.jhu.edu/issue/2012-july-23).
In this context on December 6th 2013 Dr. Rajan Barma (Ph.D), of Ekal California (co-founder Health wafer) met with Dr.Yadzi and Dr. Acharya of Johns Hopkins University to further the previously initiated discussion.
DEC 5TH MEETING WITH JHU GROUP AT SHADY GROVE (NOTE OF THE MEETING)
Dr. Mittal presented anemia detection and treatment project .to detect anemia Arogya is currently using Acon Mission Plus Hb Hemoglobin Testing system, which requires pricking fingure for a drop of blood.
Vaishakhi Mayya a biomedical student of Dr. Soumyadipta Acharya, an assistant research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering group presented the concept and development of a biomedical device known as HemoGlobe. The device is designed to convert the existing cell phone lines of health workers into a non-invasive “prick-free” system for detecting and reporting anemia at the community level.
Rajan Barma (Co Founder Health Wafer) presented the cell phone based Survey form that could be used by Arogya Sevika in Ekal villages.
DEC 6TH BUS TRIP CHEERY HILL NJ –MEETING WITH DR. VEENA GANDHI (NEED NOTES FROM DR. GANDHI)
Eight medical professionals attended the presentation by Dr Sarita Mittal on Anemia control program of Arogya Foundation of India. Dr. Veena Gandhi assured full sport for Anemia control program to Dr. Sarita Mittal and informed that she shall like to visit the villages where the program is working and meet the Doctor’s team sporting the program in her fourth coming visit to India in March 2014.
DEC 7 TH BUS TRIP TO NEWYORK –MEETING WITH DR, RAKESH SHREEDHAR AND PRAGYA KANT MEETING TIME: DEC 7, 2013 @ 7 PM LOCATION: ROYAL PALACE RESTAURANT, WHITE PLAINS, NY
Notes by: Pragya Kant
Attendees: Dr Sarita Mittal; Dr Rakesh Shreedhar – Surgeon; Dr Kamini Shreedhar – Physician; Shri Balu Advani – Businessman; Dr Suresh Khanna – Physician; Dr Bangalore Sridhara – Physician; Smt Smrit Sridhara – IT Professional; Dr Sankaran Krishnan – Physician; Dr Usha Krishnan – Physician; Dr Savita Manglik – Physician; Shri Pragya Kant Manglik – IT Professional.
- 1. Presentation by Dr Mittal: Dr Sarita Mittal opened her presentation by showing the YouTube presentation on Arogya Foundation. There after she gave details of her work in the tribal and rural areas of India related to primary care and anemia awareness and control. She briefed the audience on the rural conditions of her work area and the associated obstacles that her team tackles while imparting training to Arogya health care workers. She talked about how the program incorporates local talent and resources including vegetation for diet for anemia control for the women.
- 2. Q&A: Physicians in the audience queried Dr Mittal about the working conditions, access, and potential for future work. Dr Mittal answered them and the audience was very impressed and satisfied by what they heard. To a question as to what would be her wish list to facilitate her work further, Dr Mittal replied that it would be of tremendous help if she gets support to provide mobile clinics for each 4-5 villages. The meeting was adjourned after Q&A.
DEC 9-11 MHEALTH SUMMIT 2013
Dec 12th Meet with Postdoctoral fellow at NIH. Meeting with Dr. Mulpuri Rao and friends in VA. Arogya received one check for $501 at Mulpuri ji’s house.
DEC 13TH MEET WITH GLOBAL HEALTH INTEREST GROUP AT NIH. FOLLOWING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS ATTENDED THE MEETING.
Dr. Kislaya Prasad Professor at University of Maryland (had participated in CHIDS first phase study of Arogya), Mr and Mrs Kansal (new members of Capital region), Dr. Parmit K.Singh (NIH fellow), Dr. Samarth Chandra Agarwal (NIH Fellow), Mr. B.K Pandye (Ganapati food), Mr. Raghuram Janamanchi (Senior Manager @ Lockheed Martin), Mr, Dharmandra and Puneet (IT professionals), Dr. Sarita Mittal (Arogya foundation India).
DEC 14TH BY AIR TO DETROIT, MEETING WITH DR.LAKRA AND FRIENDS
The meeting on Dec.15 in a restaurant. Among the guests were Mr. Jitu Bhai Patel, president Ekal Vidyalaya Chapter Michigan and his wife Anitabehn Pateal. Including me there were four doctors, Dr.Sandeep Vijan, prof of medicine at Universiy of Michigan. His father Mr. Arun Vijan is a supporter of Ekal. Dr. Pamila Diwan came with her husband Mr. Mohinder Diwan. Pamila is a Gynecologist. I attended with my wife Chander.
Sarita came with her nephew Bhuvnesh. Dr.Sarita Mittal showed the video and presented the anemia eradication project. Every body was extremely impressed by Sarita’s enthusiasm and dedication to the project. Every body agreed with the usefulness of this project. There were no significant suggestions and recommendation by the physicians present in the meeting.
This session was mainly to raise awareness of Arogya movement and not to raise any funds. Although I do expect some efforts to raise funds by the attendees. After the meeting I forwarded the video on Anemia project to all of them and asked them to send it their contacts. Sarita experienced the cold and snow of Midwest first hand and will remember this occasion for a long time. She took some pictures and she will circulate the pictures. With regards,Yash Lakra.
DEC 19-22 CHICAGO MEETING AT ANIL AND DARSHANA BHATT’S RESIDENCE.
Was very fruit full and Dr. Sanjay Bhatt was happy to know that Arogya Foundation is performing data collection and evidence based study in Anemia control program.