Infosys commits to end child diarrheal deaths in India

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Trivandrum: Infosys today announced that it has made a commitment to work with the MDG Health Alliance, the United Nations Foundation, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative as an Innovation Partner for the India Public-Private Partnership to end child diarrheal deaths, in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child movement. Under this programme Infosys Labs, the research and innovation arm of Infosys, will institute an Innovation Co-creation Lab to explore ways that technology can be used to solve critical maternal and child health challenges.

Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement spearheaded by the UN Secretary-General to mobilize and intensify global action to improve the health of women and children. In India, the effort is supported by the India Public-Private Partnership to End Child Diarrheal Deaths, with a vision to prevent deaths of more than 200,000 children under five years of age every year. This partnership will mobilize public and private sector stakeholders to achieve universal coverage of children in India through the intervention of oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc by 2015, thereby playing a critical role in preventing diarrheal deaths.

The Innovation Co-creation Lab created by Infosys will facilitate the convergence of the initiative’s task force members onto a common forum offering tools, platforms, frameworks and processes to organize, manage and assist the co-creational interactions specific to this partnership. 

Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation said, “I commend Infosys on stepping up their commitment to women and children’s health by applying their unique strengths to help solve one of India’s biggest health challenges.”

Subu Goparaju, Sr. VP & Head – Infosys Labs commented, “The India Public-Private Partnership has the potential to make a significant impact and reduce child deaths caused by diarrhoea in India. Technology can play a significant role in enabling and enhancing collaboration between various stakeholders involved in this initiative and contributes towards developing affordable healthcare solutions. Infosys is committed to this cause and will provide a platform to drive joint innovation to develop affordable healthcare solutions for this initiative.”

Kerala IT News

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