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Apart from this, the application’s social franchising model is allowing CMWs to earn an additional income by assisting with deliveries and selling supplies for family planning, Antenatal Care (ANC), Postnatal Care (PNC) and general care. Malika Zohra, a CMW working in Gilgit, has been able to enhance her income by PKR 12,000 to meet her family’s growing financial needs.

From January to April 2019, Nighedaasht has helped serve 1224 mothers; supported community midwives with 556 deliveries and tracked 138 referrals. Currently, the app is being used by 49 midwives and 8 physicians.

The Nighedaasht was awarded the top prize for the Maternal and Neonatal Health category at the Commonwealth Digital Health Awards (CDHA) 2018. CDHA 2018 was organised by the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health in association with the British Medical Journal, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 11-12, 2018. Each year, the CDHA Awards recognise the best digital health innovations in the 53 Commonwealth countries, which strive to raise the standard of healthcare and wellbeing.

Nighedaasht ensures pregnant women and new mothers are able to receive the care they need during pregnancy, delivery and after birth, aiming to curb maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity rates. The app was developed for the AQCESS Project, funded by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and Global Affairs Canada. Plans are to expand functionality of the app to include family planning and tracking of child growth, illnesses, treatment and immunisations.

[More information on AKDN Digital Health Resource Centre]