A Voice-Based Social Networking Platform for Rural Mothers
Manish Bhardwaj of Innovators in Health in India will build a social networking platform consisting of voice messages accessed via mobile phone that is monitored by community health workers to connect small groups of young pregnant women and new mothers in India. Currently, community health workers provide home visits to help adolescent mothers combat mental health disorders. However, their capacity is limited. An additional difficulty for adolescent mothers is the lack of social networks caused by moving to new neighborhoods to live with their husbands. Social networks can protect against mental health disorders by providing peer support and the relevant knowledge and experience to overcome any challenges. They will trial their approach in a rural area in India and recruit young mothers with no access to mental health care into specified social groups. Each group will be associated with trained community health workers who provide additional support to the mothers, and manage the messages and posts.