Procter & Gamble Health Ltd., (formerly known as Merck Ltd.) announced its partnership with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to implement a digital health project SEHAT in the state.
“The uniqueness of the project is the coming together of diverse partners who are pooling in their resources and expertise to make a sustainable difference to public health in the state,” said Milind Thatte, managing director, Procter & Gamble Health Ltd.
Funded by P&G Health under CSR, the project will be implemented by PHFI in partnership with the state Directorate of Health Services and Department of Women & Child Development. It involves the deployment of Swasthya Sahayak digital devices at 30 health and wellness centers to improve delivery of reproductive and maternal health services.”
Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Women and Child Development, and Textiles, launched the programme in the presence of Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister, Vishwajit P Rane, Minister for Health, Women and Child development and Dr K Srinath Reddy, president, PHFI. Speaking at the launch, health Minister Rane, said, “We are very excited to be working with P&G Health and PHFI to deploy this innovative program across Goa. Using the portable ‘Swasthya Sahayak’ device, frontline health workers and anganwadi workers will be able to digitize health information of families, conduct diagnostic tests for early detection of deficiencies, identify high-risk pregnancy cases for timely referrals, and help promote healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child. Our teams will be working together to extend all required support to PHFI to ensure effective project execution and impact.”
“The government of Goa’s initiative to improve maternal and child health at the primary level by the introduction of point of care systems at health and wellness centres is a welcome initiative. Technology enabled frontline health workers most of who are women can transform primary health services and contribute to accelerated reductions in maternal and child mortality. Swasthya Sahayak provides point of care diagnostic services with decision support systems to assist frontline health workers to advance community-based healthcare in a vital area of India’s human development,” said Dr Reddy.