In India, over 800 million people live without access to traditional health infrastructure, with the most vulnerable segment of the population being women and children. Without proper antenatal care, many problems during pregnancy (such as anemia, gestational diabetes, high-blood pressure) go undiagnosed, leading to serious health problems for both mother and baby. India alone is responsible for 15% of all maternal deaths and 20% of all infant mortality worldwide, with many babies born underweight, weak, and susceptible to other diseases.
To address this problem, the Indian government employs more than 800,000 accredited social health activists (ASHAs), who are local women trained to provide basic health education and screening for diseases. However, these ASHAs are not given any tools to help examine pregnant mothers or to identify high risk pregnancies, which limits their impact and credibility in the community. Low-cost diagnostic and screening tools are critically needed.
AVIR develops mobile tools to empower you to make better health decisions for you and your family.
AVIR current product suite provides tested diagnostic tools to provide critical health information to people with varying access to healthcare around the globe, with a focus on addressing the needs of the bottom of the pyramid.
We are a group of designers, researchers, engineers and deployers based out of MIT in Cambridge. We are passionate about employing empirically tested methods and contextualized designs to improve quality of life at scale in developing and developed markets.