StandStrong - Sensing Technologies for Maternal Depression
Brandon Kohrt of George Washington University in the U.S. will develop a tool using sensors associated with mobile phones that can identify and monitor young mothers suffering from perinatal depression in low-resource settings in Nepal so that personalized psychological treatments can be provided. The tool comprises a mobile phone for the mother and a small Bluetooth beacon attached to the baby's clothes. It can record location via GPS, the proximity between phone and beacon, and sound. They will build sensor data models that can associate specific activity recorded from the sensors with maternal depression, such as the length of time spent with the baby, the level of vocal interactions, and the frequency of outings. A community advisory board composed of young and older mothers, family members, and health workers will be established to evaluate the approach and help test and refine the tools. They will also co-develop a user-friendly interface with the mothers and health workers so that they can easily access the information and use it to improve their mental health.