By TNT Bureau
Jan 14, 2016: It all began as an undergraduate project and now Khushi Baby will soon become global health innovation for improving immunization in kids of the developing world. Yes, the wearable technology has strike yet again and brought up health modernism in an entirely new and innovative manner
What is Khushi Baby?
Khushi means happy in Hindi and that is the motive of this new health wearable; to spread happiness. It is a neckpiece that consists of a computer chip. Now this chip helps to store 2 years of immunization records for kids.
When connected to a mobile app via Near Field Communication technology, healthcare professionals seeing patients in rural areas of India can access real-time data to aid them in ensuring that kids obtain and updated on all of their essential vaccinations.
In 2014, Khushi Baby had bagged the Yale School of Public Health?s inaugural Thorne Prize. Here, the Khushi Baby team won the cash prize of a whopping $25,000 for the most excellent student-led venture purposeful on social innovation in education or health.
Again in November, they won UNICEF?s Wearables for Good Challenge that helped them to obtain another $15,000 in order to move ahead and develop their project.
Having yet again being awarded the Thorne Prize award, the team travelled to India with a view to put their ideas into action as far as a wearable immunization record was concerned.
It was here that they were able to obtain the input of almost 100 mothers of young kids along with local healthcare professionals, as to the form of the technology; likely options were bracelet, anklet or necklace.
The team found that most of the kids were already wearing necklaces for cultural reasons and that made some sense in developing Khushi Baby in the form of a necklace.
Nonetheless, the result that really matters is the wide array of kids who will be immunized and all the credit goes to the Khushi Baby team.
The necklace is being seen as an innovative health measure to raise aware among people with regards to vaccination. Also, it is aimed towards encouraging the people to visit well-known vaccination camps for health services.
The gigantic challenge is that vaccination is a defensive measure and we don?t get to see immediate results after getting stabbed with a needle. Hence, building awareness is extremely important.
How well does the necklace function?
At present a study is underway to decide how well the necklace functions to augment immunization rates, which the Khushi Baby team has predicted to vary extensively, however average between 50 -60% in the rural areas of India which is way below the World Health Organization?s standard of 90%.
Also, the team has been testing the use of automatic voicemails, designed by Sadda and recorded in local languages with an aim to remind the parents to bring their children for the necessary vaccinations.
Khushi Baby has plans to carry on their impact assessment, and to level up. They expect to ultimately put together their system with the existing countrywide healthcare registry of India, and eventually change how data is fed into the system, making it more modernized and reachable from even the most isolated areas.
Currently, there are about 500 kids in India who are wearing the Khushi Baby necklace and around 1400 kids are being tracked till date. The team is hopeful that this figure will increase to more than 5,000 kids by the end of 2016.