Internet kiosks a hit in rural areas

India has widely accepted the new ways of communicating information which has over the time helped survive many lives. The increasing awareness through Internet kiosks providing information on prenatal and postnatal care for mother and baby have helped reduce infant, child and maternal mortality rates in rural India. Approximately 55 per 1,000 live births in India die as infants and child mortality rates are 78 per 1,000 live births. To overcome problems, a lot of private organization installed internet kiosks in rural areas to educate about prenatal and postnatal care for mother and baby. The impact of the internet kiosks was surveyed by Venkatesh and former doctoral student Tracy Sykes, now assistant professor at the Australian National University. They conducted a five-year study of women in 20 rural villages, 10 with Internet kiosks and 10 with no such intervention. The health records and other related data was collected and deployment of each kiosk was followed by a survey. Approximately 300 women participated in each village for the survey. Although the overall mortality rate from 2004 to 2009 decreased, but the villages with internet kiosks reported sharp decline.


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