Pregnancy Monitoring Innovation Challenge 2022
Pregnancy is a natural process that results in a series of physiological and psychological changes in a pregnant woman. As a result, even a normal pregnancy may end in potentially life-threatening maternal and fetal complications. Most women do not experience emergencies during pregnancy, but any woman could. A large number of pregnant women do not have access to this service due to a shortage of health workforce, lack of knowledge, and some socio-cultural factors that hinder women’s access to adequate health care services during pregnancy. All of these factors highlight the need for personalized and continuous monitoring of pregnant women for the safety and well-being of both the pregnant woman and neonates.
The aim of this challenge is to create a two-way communication system in which pregnant women of different demography and stages of pregnancy journey may obtain timely pregnancy information and receive health care services at times of their need to unlock everyday challenges.
This innovation has two separate components, which are as follows:
Component 1: Disseminate behavior change communication (BCC) messages and capture basic
To develop a holistic digital ecosystem that could disseminate behavior change communication messages quickly and easily to women about the importance of maternity and neonatal care. That could enhance a woman’s self-management and improve knowledge and practices related to maternal & neonatal care. In addition, this innovation would daily collect the basic health-related data of pregnant women (such as pulse, blood pressure, temperature, sleep, movement, etc.) to detect pregnancy complications early.
Component 2: interactive systems to receive health care services:
There would be an interactive system (such as phone-based, internet-based, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), chatbot, wearable devices, etc.) that could provide emergency support and acts as a lifestyle guide platform providing authentic health care information, reliable suggestion, and relevant services at the fingertips of the pregnant women at times of their needs.
- Improve knowledge and behaviors related to maternal and newborn health (MNH) care.
- Increase antenatal care (ANC), postnatal care (PNC), and facility delivery
- Increase delivery by the skilled birth attendant.
What is an Innovation Challenge?
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What are the selection criteria?
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What additional support will be given to the innovators?
Marketing, promotion, partnership, intellectual property support, fundraising, mentoring, training, etc. will be given from seed to growth and scale-up stages.
What is the winning prize?
Up to 1 crore BDT, considering the due diligence and technical evaluation.
Should I submit a technology-based solution?
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Why should I participate in the Innovation Challenge?
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