The Nighedaasht Mobile Application Showcased at Women Deliver 2019 in Canada
Nighedaasht, an award-winning mobile health application, was showcased at the Women Deliver 2019 (WD2019) Conference in June 2019. Saleem Sayani, Director, AKDN dHRC attended the conference and presented the mHealth application during the Appy Hour, one of the most popular events at the Women Deliver Conference.
The Appy Hour provides attendees a platform to enjoy a hands-on experience, testing out different mobile innovations with the potential to change the world for girls and women. Developers of 18 mobile applications from across the world were invited to showcase their innovative apps amongst thousands of global change makers.
During 2018, AKDN dHRC in collaboration with the Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan designed, developed and launch Nighedaasht in remote rural regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral in Pakistan to improve MNCH situation. The app is primarily designed to be used by community midwives during community visits in order to communicate with physicians, make referrals and record patient data. The app aims to improve the accessibility and coverage of quality of MNCH services by digitising antenatal care, the delivery process and postnatal care; strengthening the referral system between community midwives (CMWs) and gynaecologists; and building capacity of CMWs through educational videos.
The Women Deliver 2019 conference was one of the largest global conferences and networking platforms for gender equality and health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, with over 6,000 attendees from 50+ countries and more than 2,500 representatives from international organizations, including public and private sector organizations, UN agencies, journals, academia, civil society and advocates. This year, the WD2019 conferenced focused on “Power” and how it impedes or facilitates change and progress.
The conference also ignited a global dialogue - individuals and organizations hosted more than 200 Satellite Events across the globe reaching more than 83,000 participants. These events helped shape the moment and channel collective global power for girls and women. Following the WD2019, AKDN dHRC also hosted a Satellite Event on June 13, 2019 at the Aga Khan University. An open session was organized, to highlight the potentials of the of mHealth technologies in improving health outcomes in underserved regions. The event highlighted the successful implementation of Nighedaasht, the challenges and lessons learned, its impact and how it is improving MNCH outcomes in marginalized populations of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, Pakistan. The event also highlighted how the fusion of research and technology is helping pave the way for universal health coverage.