Hayat Exhibited at the 5th All Pakistan DUHS-DICE Health Innovation Exhibition 2019

Distinguish Innovation Collaboration & Entrepreneurship (DICE) foundation, a US-based non-profit in collaboration with the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) organizes the DUHS-DICE Health Innovation Exhibition every year in efforts to promote innovation in health care in Pakistan.
The Hayat mobile application was exhibited at the 5th All Pakistan DUHS-DICE Health Innovation Exhibition 2019. The Health Innovation Expo welcomed innovative concepts and new inventions within the health care industry and provided a platform for collaboration between academia, entrepreneurs, expatriates and government.
During the exhibition, members from AKDN dHRC discussed how Hayat addresses maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) care challenges in underserved communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan and its achievements in the first year of project implementation. Booth visitors were also given a walk-through of the Hayat mobile application.
Each year, DICE Health Innovation Centre selects innovative ideas and provides mentorship to project teams through local and expatriate expertise and their network to transform and scale the ideas. The event was held on October 16 – 17, 2019 at Expo Centre in Karachi, Pakistan.

Hayat Showcased at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo 2019 in Philadelphia, USA

Hayat was presented at the American Public Health Association 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo on November 5, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The poster presentation was included in the Poster Session 5: Technology Enabled Health Outcomes. The title of the abstract was Using an mHealth application for improving primary care delivery by community health worker in underserved area of Pakistan. This year’s theme for the meeting was “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health."

Nighedaasht Presented at the Ninth French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) Annual International Scientific Conference

In August 2019, Nighedaasht was selected for a poster presentation at the Ninth FMIC Annual International Scientific Conference. The international conference is an annual event, which serves as a platform for scientists, researchers, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, journalists, policy makers and officials from international public and/or private organizations across the globe.
Dr Momina Muzammil, Research Associate, delivered an online presentation titled, Nighedaasht: Improving Maternal Health Outcomes through Digital Health Technology”. Nighedaasht, is an award-winning mobile health application, designed and developed by AKDN dHRC in collaboration with the Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan with an aim to improve access to and provision of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services in the remote and rural areas of Pakistan.
The international conference was organized for the ninth consecutive year at FMIC with a focus on “The Science of Healthcare: Access & Quality”. The conference prompted a global discussion on various subjects; clinical, population and public health and academic related topics in the plenary and concurrent sessions.

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.

Saleem Sayani invited as a Panelist at Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2019

Saleem Sayani, Director, AKDN dHRC and Digital Health Expert, World Health Organization, was invited to participate on a panel of innovators during the Grand Challenges 2019 Annual Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The plenary session’s focus was on bold innovations and experience with governments in facilitating the innovators to bring change in underserved areas. Saleem spoke about how he worked with the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan and Departments of Health in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan to scale Hayat, an innovative mobile application for use by health workers to improve access to and coverage of maternal, newborn and child health services in select areas of Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan. Hayat is part of a CAD 2 million transition-to-scale grant funded by Grand Challenges Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.
Saleem emphasized on the role of governments in acting as an enabler to help innovators implement new technologies and efficient ways of health service delivery in remote regions and how these programs can be integrated into the national/provincial health delivery systems for long-term sustainability.
The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2019 was a four-day event, which brought together over 1,000 key leaders from across the globe to share best practices, foster collaboration and seek solutions for development challenges through bold innovations. This year’s theme was Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development.
The conference, held between October 28-31, 2019, was co-hosted by the African Union, Ethiopia's Ministry of Health, Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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