A woman listens to an mMitra calls on her phone in Nala Sopara, Mumbai
A woman listens to an mMitra calls on her phone in Nala Sopara, Mumbai

ARMMAN scales its AI efforts to improve maternal and child health in India, with support from Google.org

ANI | Updated: Feb 26, 2021 12:31 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 26 (ANI/PRNewswire): ARMMAN, an India-based non-profit, is leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance adherence to maternal and child health programs. Initiated in 2020, the project with Google Research India and IIT Madras uses AI to predict the risk of women dropping out of healthcare programs such as mMitra.
Along with scientific collaboration, the project was supported with funding from Google Research and Google.org.
India accounts for 11 per cent of global maternal mortality, and a woman in India dies in childbirth every fifteen minutes. However, almost 90 per cent of maternal deaths are avoidable if women receive timely intervention.
Access to timely, accurate health information is a significant challenge among women in rural areas and urban slums.
To address this issue, ARMMAN launched the mMitra program in 2013. mMitra is a free service sending voice calls with critical preventive care information directly to the mobile phones of women, covering the period from pregnancy till the child turns one.
With Google's support, a project was launched to increase adherence to mMitra, with an overall goal of improving maternal and child health outcomes.

Researchers from Google Research and IIT Madras have been working with ARMMAN to design an AI technology solution that could provide an indication of women who were at the risk of dropping out from mMitra.
The early targeted identification helps ARMMAN to personalise interventions for an improved engagement with mMitra. Test results indicate a reduction in the risk of drop-offs by up to 32 per cent for women at high risk of dropping out.
So far, mMitra has reached over 2.3 million women in India and is one of only five-scaled mobile-based maternal messaging programs in the world.
"We are very happy to execute this project across our mMitra program, supported by Google. We see an immense potential to replicate these learnings from AI across other technology-enabled at-scale programs implemented by ARMMAN," shared Ramesh Padmanabhan, ARMMAN's CEO.
"ARMMAN has made tremendous strides on the project with IIT Madras and Google to apply AI to help improve preventive care for mothers and children. Together with Google.org, we're excited to continue to support them as they continue to scale their work to even greater impact," added Milind Tambe, Director - AI for Social Good at Google Research India.
Google Research and ARMMAN are currently working towards scaling this to 300,000-plus mothers and children in mMitra, with a goal of eventually reaching one million mothers and children.
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