Availability, affordability and acceptability of health care services in urban slums and rural villages in India

Sheffield researcher

Professor Luc de Witte

About the project

This project focuses on the development and evaluation of innovative models to deliver basic healthcare in urban slums and rural villages in and around Bangalore, India.

We have developed a model in which we train local women from the communities to become 'health navigators' and perform screening for a number of non communicable diseases in their communities. These women have a mobile screening toolkit and a supporting smartphone that guides them through the screening process and automatically stores the data gathered on a cloud based digital health platform. The women refer people who screen positively for one of the diseases to local healthcare providers for further diagnosis and treatment, and they monitor them longitudinally.

This project is executed by the community health programme of the Bangalore Baptist Hospital in Bangalore, with support from our team.