Because children who lose their mothers are ten times more likely to die in infancy than those who do not, newborns account for 44% of all childhood deaths. This translates to 6.6 million children dying before their fifth birthday from preventable and treatable causes.
Health systems in these developing economies are burdened with a shortage of qualified health workers, inadequate access to basic prevention and treatment tools, and poor health infrastructure. There is a need for a platform to creatively target pervasive health-system challenges.
Technology can be leveraged to deploy and systematically scale digital health solutions in low resource settings. IRD is working on the ground, and partnering up with key government stakeholders to utilize innovative and integrated technologies to improve healthcare services in underserved communities.
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