Over 1 billion people worldwide lack access to quality health services and skilled health professionals. This is especially devastating for women and children – every year 360,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth and 2 million babies die within their first 24 hours due to lack of trained health workers.
How can a coalition of new partners improve access to quality healthcare and accelerate the training of frontline health workers in Asia and Africa through the Intel’s Skoool™ education platform?
GD catalyzed synergistic collaborations with new partners in global health to help us increase the accessibility and affordability of new information technology.Mike Gann, Director, Global Healthcare World Ahead Program, Intel
We worked with Intel to develop an innovative public-private partnership that delivered training to 1 million health workers in emerging markets. Intel Skoool™ Health Education platform reached four new markets,Ghana, Bangladesh, India and Nigeria.
We convened an initial partnership meeting at Harvard University, bringing together leaders from governments, UN agencies, non-profits, health professional organizations and academia to develop a joint strategy. Our smart mapping of market opportunities and key influencers enabled us to co-design a new collaborative and sustainable business model for quality training through the digital Skoool™ Health Education platform. This interactive platform consists of multi-media e-modules – with built-in assessments –that provide training on all major basic emergency obstetric and newborn care and family planning skills for frontline healthcare workers. We accelerated development of content modules with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to for the Skoool™ platform.
Utilizing Intel’s cutting-edge platform which is free of charge, its modules do not require an internet connection and can be accessed at anytime, anywhere, via low-cost laptops or netbooks that health workers have been trained to use.
Converging key local partners across Africa and Asia, including the Ministries of Health, Jpheigo, International Organization of Midwives (IOM) and International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) made the implementation of this project a success.