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IIT Madras Virtual Reality Tools to stop Maternal and Newborn Deaths with National Health Mission

IIT Madras Virtual Reality Tools

IIT Madras Virtual Reality Tools to Combat Newborn Deaths

IIT Madras Virtual Reality Tools – CHENNAI: Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras are collaborating with Tamil Nadu’s National Health Mission to improve neonatal and mother health. Neonatal and maternal health are critical for improving fairness and lowering poverty in any country, which leads to the resolution of large-scale economic, social, and developmental issues. 
Experiential Technology Innovation Center (XTIC), an IIT Madras team at the Centre of Excellence on Virtual Reality (VR) and Haptics, highlighted skill training of health professionals as a critical difficulty that India was confronting, particularly at basic health centres in rural settings. 
The Neonatal Resuscitation Protocol (NRP) is the international standard for newborn babies who are not breathing or crying. 
The SmartNRP application will be used to train PHC health workers in Tamil Nadu under the National Health Mission (NHM) to advance technologies using VR, gaming technologies, cloud, and AI/ML. This will be expanded to other Indian states with high NMR in the future.

IIT Madras Virtual Reality Tools

Dr. Darez Ahamed also announced the launch of the ‘SmartFHR initiative,’ which aims to reduce Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) by monitoring foetal health using cellphones everywhere and at any time without the need for clinical assistants. This experiment will be expanded to other states with high MMR in the future. 
“When it comes to infant mortality, the Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR), which is defined as death within 28 days of delivery,” says Dr. Darez Ahamed IAS, Mission Director, National Health Mission Tamil Nadu, remarked after the tools were released. Every 1,000 births, approximately 40 newborns are lost. We aim to reduce this to single digits, and all of our measures are geared toward that goal. We guarantee that these instruments will now be available to healthcare staff at delivery locations, and that special training will be available.” 
“IIT Madras should also develop tools to train healthcare workers in a variety of other areas, including as how to handle accident victims,” says Dr. Darez Ahamed added. These technologies demonstrate that VR may be used in a variety of diverse applications. Tamil Nadu will make use of these instruments to improve the health of newborns.”

CSR efforts

These programmes are supported by IndiaIdeas.com Limited (‘BillDesk‘) CSR efforts. This assistance was critical in the development of these societal healthcare projects that had a good impact at the grassroots level. 
Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, spoke at the event and said, “We need to bring in technology that would be accessible to rural India, and this technology is a step in that direction.” One of the most important takeaways from the COVID-19 Pandemic was this. Virtual, I’m certain. 
Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT Madras, thanked Billdesk, the project’s CSR partner, and added, “This is a classic case of how CSR should function.” We are not purchasing today’s solutions, but rather designing training simulations for the future. IIT Madras has been at the forefront of developing lab-based solutions that can be commercialized and benefit society.” 
“XTIC is in accordance with the institute’s vision and goal to develop more similar tools in the future for the benefit of society, particularly rural India, employing sophisticated technology,” said the institute. 

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