[Webinar] Technology for Scale
Last updated on : 18 August 2016
18 August 2016

Webinar overview

Maternal and child health is one of the most pressing global problems and especially relevant to us because India has the highest proportion of maternal and child deaths in the world. (16% and 27% of all maternal and child deaths globally). These are lives that could be saved, if only women, families and last-mile health workers could access basic health information and services. Fortunately, innovative technology solutions are making this increasingly possible for the most vulnerable populations in India.

From enhancing the performance of frontline health workers, to giving women direct access to life-saving information, to improving health care delivery systems and processes – simple but powerful tech innovation is helping bring maternal and child healthcare to the last mile in India.

Three organizations in particular - SEWA Rural, SWASTH and ARMMAN, are demonstrating the power of simple, appropriate tech solutions to achieve scale in their programs and improve health outcomes for thousands more mothers and children.

Dasra is hosting a webinar to raise awareness on critical development issues and facilitate interactions with philanthropists, high impact nonprofits and key stakeholders to mainstream these issues.


Thursday, 18 August 2016, 6:45 pm IST:  Register here

This webinar will focus on:

  • Ways in which impactful organizations are using Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) to improve Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A) in India
  • How technology can help bridge gaps in healthcare to those that lack information and access
  • Examples of successful nonprofits from India and guiding principles that may have resulted in their success
  • Discussion of the ways in which different stakeholders can collaborate to the support nonprofits

This webinar is for

  • Philanthropists, corporates and foundations interested in learning and supporting social organization using ICTs to lower the maternal and mortality rate in India.
  • Social entrepreneurs looking to partner or collaborate with nonprofits working in areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health and adolescents
  • Media agencies to help mainstream the issue of poor maternal health and rally in support to improve the lives of mothers and children


Dr. Shrey Desai, Head, Community Outreach at Sewa Rural.

Shrey is a research coordinator and physician at SEWA Rural since 2010 and heads its community outreach program. He completed MBBS from the Baroda Medical College in 2000. Subsequently, Dr. Desai moved to the US and did his MD in Medicine. After practicing for couple of years, he joined the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore where he completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH). After a brief work experience at PAHO/WHO, he returned to India in 2010 and has been working at SEWA Rural since then

Dr Aparna Hegde Founder, Chairperson and Managing Trustee of ARMMAN.

Aparna conceptualized three projects of ARMMAN; HERO, mMitra and Arogya Sakhi home-based care based on her experiences during residency and assistant professorship in Sion hospital, one of the premier tertiary hospitals of Mumbai. She holds MD (Mumbai University), DNB, FCPS, DGO degrees in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a MS degree in biological sciences from Stanford University. She was awarded the IUGA International Fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery which she completed in the prestigious Department of Urogynecology at Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2013. She is an accomplished researcher with multiple international research awards, more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has done pioneering work in the field of 3D and 2D sonographic assessment of the pelvic floor

Sundeep Kapila Co-founder and CEO of SWASTH.

Sundeep completed his B. Tech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay in 2001. While at IIT, he worked with a campus-based startup and subsequently with a Swedish company to develop a technology product which has been spun off as a separate company. Sundeep joined the India practice of McKinsey & Company in 2001 and worked with them for 6.5 years, specializing in the Healthcare and Development sectors. Sundeep left McKinsey in Jan ’08 to pursue his passion in the development sector. Subsequent to that, he has completed 2.5 years of law studies from Mumbai University, M.D. in Alternative Medicine from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine and a Diploma of Associateship from the Insurance Institute of India.

For more information email ujjwal@dasra.org