Dear Ashley - thanks for you comments. 1. We work in the remote areas of the Thar Desert where the need is greatest. We choose those areas in active consultation with local community leaders and by visiting the villages and after understanding the needs and perceptions of the communities. 2. Our team us a good mix of phyisicians, health workers and community workers. Most of our team members are local people from the region who understand local context fully. As the idea goes forward for implementation, we will identify most suitable members of our team.
Thanks for all your useful and encouraging comments. Here are our replies: - The curriculum designing will be an important part and we will take feedbacks from users to make it most effective. - The health workers will be a community resources that we envisage will be functional over a long period of time. GRAVIS as a local organization will be available for them to provide technical support and guidance on changing needs. - We will be aiming at low cost smart phones available within the community to spread our messages. - We do not plan to have pharmacy trainings and will bring in already trained pharmacists from recognized institutes. - Mobile pharmacies in our knowledge have not been experimented in India. This will be an exciting innovation. - The VHWs have very basic literacy levels. Our team will work with the VHWs to orient them on technology and use of phones. - Women are active contributors to farming in the area anyway. For the HHU model, we will go ahead with desert friendly fruits and vegetables. Women will play key roles in setting up of HHUs and in their future maintenance. - Men are a key player in the SRH issues. We would have discussion with them and will encourage them to be positive contributors in improving the SRH status within their communities. - Pharmacists will be able to replenish their stocks from local markets. They will start generating revenue for this and the service will be sustainable. - As said earlier, GRAVIOS as the local organization will be available to support VHWs. We engage with the communities directly and frequently to understand any new needs requiring change. We do believe our model is very unique and holistic and may be very effective in improving the SRH status in rural and remotely located areas.