Anemia or anemia remains a major health challenge in India. According to a research paper published by the Nutrition Foundation of India in the year 2018, women and men of all ages are victims of it in the country. Anemia is a condition when the amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin in a person’s blood decreases below normal. This also reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood and can cause many health problems. A decrease in the amount of hemoglobin reduces a person’s productivity, causes illnesses, and sometimes even death. Anemia can be avoided or treated with timely attention. But this type of care is possible only when health workers have equipment that can be tested accurately and efficiently.
In the year 2018-2019, researcher Hanna Lider joined the Women’s Health Initiative Team at Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan. Their aim was to find out the constraints of the existing instruments of hemoglobin measurement and to design an investigation method that is efficient as well as inexpensive and can be used in mobile clinics in villages. Lider designed a new technique for measuring hemoglobin. Lider studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lieder, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, took his project to a comparative investigation of the methods of hemoglobin measurement being used in clinics in remote villages in India.
Working in the Lider Health Sakhi project, a churiduma technique has been developed that can be worn easily. It may contain information related to health and previous medical details. The focus of the program is on women’s health before conception and during pregnancy. He says, “This idea is like the Khushi Baby platform which has a wearable necklace which contains all the information related to the child’s immunization. This technique can be used to store the data of the health data of the mother and her baby in the womb in rural areas of India where there are no better health systems.