- June 6th, 2012
- Robert Zak
India is a country that is very much on the up, but there are still major holes in the country’s infrastructure that result in poor provisions of health, food and wealth to most of India’s vast population.
A major current problem blighting India is that of doctor and staff absenteeism from hospital and clinics. Thankfully, mobile technology is being utilised to play a major part in taking the country forward.
The Indo-Deutsch Project Management Society (IDPMS) has created a system whereby they track text messages reporting absences sent by patients. The system is able to locate the regions and clinics which these texts relate to, and therefore can track which areas are particularly afflicted by absences. The information is then passed on to local policymakers.
The main focus of this service is on the rural areas of southern India, where IDPMS found that doctors only turned up two or three days a week to government-funded public health centres; the doctor’s duty in India dictates that they should be in the clinic five and a half days a week.
IDPMS hopes that this new tracking system will heighten accountability at the local level. Oscar Abello, senior program associate at the Results for Development Institute, which created the IDPMS video, said
“We want local organizations to be the ones creating these accountability programs, because they’re the only ones capable of creating sustainable change and they have the capability of applying those skills to other prominent issues… This way, local groups are known as the problem solvers in their own countries.”