OUR WORK

Making technology work for people’s wellbeing

Why this area?

Advances in technology have not led to significant improvements in health outcomes for people, especially in the lower two population quintiles. Much of the attention has been on devices and diagnostics and though important, these need to be used in low-resource settings and lead to improvement in people’s health. Understanding of and attitudes towards technology, the constant evolution of technology itself, poor knowledge and skillsets for technology use, infrastructure and finance requirements, and the interoperability of various technologies are all critical factors that affect the consistent use of technology.

Swasti’s Focus 

We believe that technology is an enabler and our focus is on using the most appropriate technology solutions to enable vulnerable groups to achieve health and well-being.  We work with a range of technology partners, solutions (like water purifiers, thermal imaging) and community contexts to understand the value add possible and strengthen the healthcare ecosystem.

Our Impact

We use point of care diagnostics (blood glucose, hypertension, vision, anaemia, breast examination) in our community health interventions, where we bring ethical medical screening and diagnostics along with care protocols to work for people. This has led to us learning about not just devices but the models (financial and operational) that work in low-resource settings.

We developed an application to serve a cohort of 1,21,000+ people and ensure that services that reduce their vulnerability were delivered, resulting in community engagement increasing from 56% to 73%, over two years. This experience taught us the importance of standardized workflows at the frontlines and led to the development of DICEFlow, supported by Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility. This solution is now used within our primary healthcare work and will be working on improving TB detection among children in urban poor settings in collaboration with IIIT-Delhi, who we also worked with on applying Machine Learning techniques to discover the influence of non-obvious factors for improving safe-sex practices in FSWs, supported by a grant from Google AI Research.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Nigeria and the Government of Nigeria uses our Milestone App for effective decision making and better management of projects.

OUR WORK AREAS

  • Invest for Wellness
    Invest for Wellness provides affordable, accessible and quality primary health services, every day, all through the year, to urban and rural poor.
  • Wellbeing for Workforce
    Our Wellbeing for Workforce (W4W) initiatives positively impacting workers’ personal lives also adds value to business growth for companies.
  • Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
    Our efforts in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) champion women’s rights to lead violence-free lives, create vibrant community platform for long term community action and stakeholder engagement, and strengthen community institutions for sustainable behaviour change.
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
    Our WaSH initiatives reduced disease incidences by educating and engaging local governments, village communities and schools, and improving drinking water systems, access to toilets and handwashing facilities.
  • Social Protection
    We ensure access to social protection to promote inclusion and dignity of the poor and vulnerable.
  • Prevention of Gender Based Violence
    Promoting gender equality is an integral part of all our work.
  • Health Systems Strengthening
    We examine and address systemic bottlenecks to strengthen health systems that enhance public health outcomes for the poor and marginalised.
  • Technology for Health
    From service delivery and insights-driven decision making to enabling work collaboration, technology makes us agile and efficient.
  • One Health
    When the people, animals, and environment are put together they make up the One Health Triad.
  • Global Health Security & Pandemic Response
    The COVID-19 global pandemic has showed us that we are not world unprepared and that we are often more reactive than proactive
  • WellTech