On May 9, our partner in India, Sri Ramachandra University (SRU), trained six community-based rehabilitation (CBR) workers. The topic of this training session was the mobile application.

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In India, a major barrier to providing comprehensive healthcare is the long distances and poor transportation options for rural families. The team developed a mobile application to help bridge this gap. 

The E-Technology Project, which is being field tested in the Thiruvannamalai district, allows the team to follow patients more closely, instantly track their progress, manage a larger patient load, and receive more timely updates. 

Six CBR workers were trained to use the E-Tech mobile app and document the work carried out in the field. 

After the training, this patient was identified by the CBR worker and the information was immediately transferred to the team in Chennai using the mobile app. 

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This application will also enable the community worker to document demographic information, distance travelled, results of screening procedures, and it will also allow them to store a video or audio sample. This allows the hospital to track the patient’s progress and adjust the therapy as needed.

Since the mobile app was developed, TF has committed to helping our partners pilot this initiative in our community projects in the Thiruvanamalli region of India. Thiruvannamalai, one of the six districts of Tamil Nadu, was chosen because it is a rural area with poor access to the state capital of Chennai and because the district has an existing network of local NGOs interested in community development and disability.

By the end of the pilot year, it is expected that 10 CBR workers will be trained and that documentation (using the app) will occur for all active patients. This is an opportunity to generate positive change and improve the delivery of healthcare in rural areas with a tool that is already being used in the developing world – the mobile phone.