A unique partnership, where Stanford Medical College provided digital products to grassroots frontline workers and medical students to enhance their knowledge and skills
Our program in Rajasthan, Akshada, was instrumental in bringing Stanford Medical College and Government of Rajasthan together through an MoU. This was a first of its kind partnership for Stanford Medical where it worked with grassroots frontline workers and medical students. Stanford provided its Digital MEdIC products to frontline workers and many of its medical courses to students of Jhalawar Medical College to increase their knowledge and skills.
• Product development: Digital MEdIC videos were specially developed for frontline workers to cover topics such as nutrition during pregnancy, early newborn care, etc. These videos use simple Hindi and contain self-explanatory images and animation. Videos were developed working closely with frontline workers and incorporating their suggestions.
• Field implementation: These videos were piloted with 41 frontline workers in one sector in Jhalawar district’s Khanpur block over four months. Participants reported positive feedback on the content and presentation and said it would help them in delivering standard messages to beneficiaries.
• Jhalawar Medical College: Stanford Medical provided three courses, namely, microbiology, applied biochemistry and emergency medicine to Jhalawar Medical College faculty. They ran demonstrations and conducted focus group discussions with faculty and students to understand their learning preferences and obtain feedback.
Read More: Digital MEdIC - 2018 Program Summary
In 2018, a virtual classroom was set up in the Jhalawar Medical College and a trial session with a Stanford professor was successfully completed.
However, the Digital MEdIC team had to discontinue further development and scale-up of frontline worker videos due to funding constraints.