Many women in India lack access to adequate prenatal care and deliver newborns in the home. A program backed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the U.S. State Department, however, helps health care workers deliver critical health advice and monitoring with the help of a simple mobile telephone.

Since 2010 Dimagi has equipped health care workers with cell phones operating Dimagi’s CommCare software. A pilot program in the Kaushambi District of Uttar Pradesh has already found success after six months. Analytics are not yet complete, but  the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) who visit pregnant women have improved their knowledge of newborn care interventions and other high impact maternal care information by almost 25 percent. Watch the video below to learn more about an amazing program helping to save women’s, and newborns’, lives.

Leon Kaye will explore children’s health issues in India February 16-27 with the International Reporting Project.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.