There are still millions of people live in rural areas of India, ASHA workers (Accredited Social Health Activists) are women who have basic training of childcare, including identifying diseases and referring patients to the local hospital. ASHA concept is a special handheld device designed to help ASHA workers measure basic vitals of the baby in rural areas. This device would really help those workers since most of them are still lack credibility and know how to monitor tasks due to illiteracy.
ASHA worker could use personal baby blanket provided by the hospital for each baby’s family at the time of birth. The blanket itself features imprinted growth chart to keep track baby’s progress, basically, it functions as a personal document. Then the worker can use ASHA to measure body temperature without the need of thermometer, she can mark the progress on the blanket with a permanent ink.
Designer : Peter Alwin
Using the same personal blanket, ASHA worker can weigh the baby by suspending it from the hook of the device. After that, she can advise mother about the baby vital condition based on the chart. Powered by solar panels in the display, ASHA doesn’t need any battery. It’s a simple tool yet incredibly helpful to save thousands of lives.