Kicking off Cancer Screening and Trainings in Uganda
Thanks to the facilitative efforts of Silicon Valley Global Health (SVGH), Aaroogya International will be working alongside Millenium Alliance and Omnimed to train frontline healthcare workers in the Mukono district of Uganda to screen for common cancers for women in underprivileged communities using the My HealthLine mobile application. Millenium Alliance is a consortium of USAID, UK government, department of science and technology, India, Facebook, FICCI and Marico foundation. Aaroogya works in the principle of giving customised verbal and visual aid in the form of mobile application to frontline healthcare workers backed by Artificial Intelligence (AI) assisted technology intervention. Using this mobile application, frontline healthcare workers will be able to effectively screen women in their communities for common cancers and enable early cancer detection.
The AI-powered process that Aaroogya employed in India, however, will need to be optimized for the Ugandan environment. Aaroogya will work with a partner organization on the ground in Uganda to train frontline health care
workers in how to use Aaroogya's screening device. Once trained, these on-the-ground workers will receive modules, education pamphlets to distribute in local communities, banners, boots, umbrellas, a monthly internet budget, and smartphones from Aaroogya to provide infrastructure for the project.
Aaroogya will also ensure personal trouble-shooting and counseling for frontline healthcare workers so that they can be as effective and safe as possible during their work. For instance, Aaroogya will provide all resources in the local language of the areas within which they will work, and will employ a technology and clinical team to ensure patient privacy and responsible data collection.
Aaroogya's work will be supplemental to, not a replacement of, local doctors and healthcare infrastructures. After scanning, women at medium to high risk of contracting cervical, ovarian, oral, or breast cancer will be recommended to a local treatment facility, wherein henceforth during the treatment process frontline workers will schedule visits with healthcare providers to track high-risk patients' follow up visits. Frontline workers will also be able to send periodic SMS messages to women as nudges and reminders and call patients to encourage and track the treatment progress.
Through this scaffolded process, Aaroogya desires to take yet another step in screening 50 million women by 2030 for breast, oral and cervical cancers while maintaining a lean organization, introducing novel ways of engaging, motivating, and mobilizing frontline health care workers for collective action, and discovering more ways to assess variables that contribute to cancers in women.