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Childbirth is one of the most beautiful things. It is also one that has most complicated with two lives in the balance. Add that to a rural Indian scenario where basic healthcare had represented by less-literate midwives and home births with cattle around – it is the breeding ground for infection. Proper healthcare is a basic necessity. It is also one that some of us fail to get.
That is what Samidha Garud, Co-founder, Doc N Me, noticed during her participation in an NGO-organized social health program aimed at improving health indicators among women and children in the small villages of Andhra Pradesh.
Around 25 million babies are born in India every year, but there are only 30,000 gynaecologists to tend to the pregnant women. “Shortage of skilled professionals is a serious concern,” says Samidha. “Approximately 32,000 doctors registered with the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI). And there’s only one gynaecologist per 18,750 women for the female population of 600 million plus.” The Indian infant mortality rate is 39 per 1000 births, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and lack of skilled professionals is a key factor in this regard.
The second concern she enumerates giving a more recent example, “A 24 weeks’ pregnant woman appealed to the Supreme Court to allow her to undergo the abortion. This incident has taken India’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 by a storm.” Among all the debates that arose surrounding this incident, Samidha believes, those resulting from lack of awareness about antenatal care have been most prominent. Women have entitled to proper health care, especially during their pregnancy. The obstacles to achieving better health care for women, according to Samidha, is magnified several folds’ in India due low literacy levels among women, superstitious practices and social disadvantages.
“Gynaecologists are always busy and the average time they spend with their patients is about 4 minutes. Within such a small window, it is impossible to spare enough time for patient education. Hence patient compliance is very low,” says Samidha. This is where Doc N Me comes in and addresses these barriers in
It bridges the gap, ensuring patient education and enabling them to receive the best healthcare services. Doc N Me has built upon the belief that good healthcare starts with relationships and collaboration between doctors and patients. With the app, pregnant women can feed information about their pregnancy and have advised by doctors. It helps identify high-risk patients and keeps them under check and their doctors updated on the progress of the pregnancies. Doctors are thus empowered to help their patients from anywhere – their homes while commuting or from their clinics. Doctors and their patients are thus able to form a close-knit community where both benefit from the collaboration.