Rustam Nabiev

Ashoka Fellow


This profile was prepared when Rustam Nabiev was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in .
The New Idea
Shifo’s vision is a day when no child dies or suffers from preventable diseases. By broadening and simplifying the collection and use of health data, families, health workers, clinics, local governments and NGOs are given the right tools to catalyse improvements across the health care spectrum - from health delivery to policy making. Rustam and his team create practical and useful health tools to facilitate that each child gets access to the proper preventive health care at the right time. Shifo’s MyChild system is designed with and for frontline health workers, enabling them to easily register and track individual children’s and entire communities’ immunization and nutrition records and health needs over time.
Rustam found that adoption of existing digital health record solutions for improving health care delivery has been unsuccessful, partly because of limitations in infrastructure and lack of viable eco-systems, and that top-down solutions fail to meet the actual needs of local practitioners. Seeing this failure, Rustam decided to close the current gaps in the preventive health care delivery, and together with his team, created the MyChild system. The system currently takes two forms: the digital MyChild System used on tablets, computers or smartphones and the MyChild Card that connects physical health records booklets to the same system, using machine-readable cards, to reach the most rural areas. Both solutions “push” relevant information to nurses and families, creating a simple, aspirational tool, to facilitate work and allowing more time spent between health workers and each child.
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