HealthPhone | October’s Featured Guest Initiative

The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust’s HealthPhone Initiative

HealthPhone is an initiative of The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust.

The Foundation was founded on the principle that healthcare knowledge is a right. Disease and malnutrition can be combated effectively by bridging the knowledge gap that disenfranchises women.

HealthPhone brings short videos to women’s mobile phones to educate them on better health and nutrition practices. It is targeted at adolescent girls and women up to 35 years of age. The information provided covers the care of pregnant women, children under two, breastfeeding, the importance of balanced diet, simple ways to enhance nutrition levels and a spectrum of other relevant health topics.

The complete library of HealthPhone videos now available amounts to over 2,500 videos in 77 languages that constitute a comprehensive guide to better health and nutrition practices that directly impact maternal & child health and mortality. These educational videos are distributed free of charge via mobile phones, on microSD memory cards, through mobile network operators, mobile apps, social networks and the Internet, in collaboration with multiple relevant stakeholders including governments, non-governmental organisations and front-line health workers and nurses.

The HealthPhone programme is a wonderful blossoming of the work that Nand Wadhwani has been doing for the past 18 years.

Much of his effort has been spent on building a network of more than 20 websites that offer the knowledge mothers and fathers, teachers and students, doctors and village health workers, community leaders and the public need to know to keep children healthy. The sites maintain a strong focus on promoting breastfeeding, safe motherhood and new-born health, preventing and treating diarrhoea, and improving water, sanitation and hygiene practices, particularly in India where 20% of the world’s maternal and child deaths are concentrated and 40% of the world’s stunted children live.

Nand is a passionate advocate for the power of knowledge to educate, motivate, empower and inspire communities, and particularly women, to improve health practices for the benefit of children. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Child Health Foundation, on the International Advisory Council of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and on the Steering Group of Healthcare Information For All (HIFA).

For more information you can contact Nand Wadhwani at