Maternal Health & Education

Our research work focuses on investigating technology based solutions for improving community education on maternal and child health in rural India. We have designed, developed, and evaluated mobile-based applications for providing supplementary training platforms for community health workers and educating women on topics such as breast-feeding and post-natal care.

The corresponding field testing and deployments are conducted with collaboration of Non-profit and government organizations in north-India.

Till now, our focus areas has been under-resource settings and therefore have worked on developing low-cost and contextualized designs using technologies such as IVR and android-applications. In recent times, we have also started investigating the use of conversational agents and trying to understand its potential in breastfeeding education in the light of limited experts and counselling support.

Key Highlights

Field Partner: SWACH Foundation, Chandigarh, India
Grant: $100,000 from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
People: Deepika Yadav, Pushpendra Singh,
Dr. Prerna Malik, Kirti Dabas, Anushka Bhandari

Publications

LEAP : Scaffolding Collaborative Learning of Community Health Workers in India
Deepika Yadav, Anushka Bhandari, and Pushpendra Singh. Published in Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 3, CSCW, Article 169 (November 2019), 27 pages.

Feedpal: Understanding Opportunities for Chatbots in Breastfeeding Education of Women in India
Deepika Yadav, Prerna Malik, Kirti Dabas, and Pushpendra Singh. Published in Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 3, CSCW, Article 170 (November 2019), 30 pages.

Automatic Annotation of Voice Forum Content for Rural Users and Evaluation of Relevance
Deepika Yadav, Mayank Gupta, Malolan Chetlur, and Pushpendra Singh. Published in COMPASS ’18: ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS), June 20–22, 2018, Menlo Park and San Jose, CA, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 11 pages.

Sangoshthi: Empowering Community Health Workers through Peer Learning in Rural India
Deepika Yadav, Pushpendra Singh, Vijay Kumar, Deepak Sood, Kyle Montague, Delvin Varghese, Tom Bartindale, Madeline Balaam, Patrick Olivier. Published in Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW’ 17, Perth, Australia — April 03 – 07, 2017.

Low-Cost Mobile Learning Solutions for Community Health Workers
Deepika Yadav, Pushpendra Singh. Published in PhD Symposium in ACM Conference on World Wide Web, WWW’ 17, Perth, Australia — April 03 – 07, 2017.

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