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Possible Health: Improving health outcomes for Mothers and Newborns

Innovative Health Non-Profit Possible Health is tangibly improving health outcomes for children under two and mothers in rural Nepal

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I've always been highly impressed by the work (and outcomes!) that Possible Health delivers in one of the most "impossible" contexts. Rural Nepal is a place with little access to many services – healthcare being a top need in the area.

In addition to other focuses, Possible Health has taken a targeted approach to improving the lives of young families in the area: reducing mortality for under-two-year-olds. This comes with caring for pregnant and new mothers as well as for the newborns. 

And the results have already been very positive – achieving a 12% reduction in under-two mortality since Feb. 2015 (approx. 18 month period)

From Possible Health's blog, their efforts "re-center the mission of keeping every woman and infant alive."

What impresses me most is not just what Possible Health is delivering in their testing area, but their grander and larger vision for the entirety of Nepal and the region – working with the Nepali Government to develop a national-level program to strengthen the healthcare system.

The explanation of their model is fascinating:

"...we have developed an innovative approach to measuring under-two mortality (U2M) that integrates surveillance with the routine delivery of longitudinal care carried out by a network of Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs run an Android-based mobile application developed in collaboration with our innovation partner Dimagi, which allows for the geo-tagging of households and unique identification of patients in order to deliver longitudinal care, while also prospectively collecting key population health data over time, including institutional birth rate and U2M."

By tapping into the local Community Health Worker community and supporting them to gather on the ground data, they are able to get near real-time updates on the health of children and their families. 

A win-win for Nepal and the women and children in the area!

I encourage you to check out Possible Health today and consider how you might get involved.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

HMW design a patient-centered health system that starts small, builds to learn, and dreams BIG? HMW engage local Partners (the government in this case) to help scale up our impact dramatically?

How does this research relate to our use cases and personas?

This relates most directly to Persona #1, Under-Resourced Mom, and also #3 The Healthcare Provider.

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