Project Start

2015

Project Sector

Maternal health

Beneficiaries to Date

28,391

BRAC

Scaling up to save lives at birth

Using the Simprints biometric system, Shasthya Kormis track the number of antenatal and postnatal care visits a mother receives with unprecedented accuracy and efficiency to help decrease infant and maternal mortality.

Challenge

Dhaka is home to an estimated 3.5 million slum dwellers, almost all of whom lack official forms of identification. Unreliable patient ID is a huge obstacle to the delivery of healthcare services by frontline workers, proving especially life-threatening for pregnant mothers who cannot access continuous antenatal care throughout the duration of their pregnancy.

Opportunity

Weaving through bustling Dhaka slums, BRAC’s Shasthya Kormis deliver lifesaving services to over 6.9 million patients who may otherwise be lost to health services. Partnering with BRAC’s urban health programme in 2016, we are ensuring Shasthya Kormis are reaching expectant mothers in time to detect, prevent, and treat potential health issues before they become dangerous complications. 

“I thought it would be difficult but it is small and convenient...It gives more legitimacy to our work, the beneficiary says, ‘you know so much’!”

Nasreen, BRAC Shasthya Kormi

Results

A longitudinal study in Bangladesh funded by USAID, DFID, and Gates Foundation has recently shown that the deployment of Simprints increased maternal healthcare coverage by 38% compared to the control group.

Looking Ahead

Awarded $2 million by Saving Lives at Birth, Simprints and BRAC will be scaling up to reach 2.1 million mothers and children with critical maternal, newborn, and child healthcare services by 2021. If you are interested in joining our team in Bangladesh, we’d love to hear from you!

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