Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) awarded Dr. Shariq Khoja and team the “Rising Star in Global Health” for developing simple, non-invasive, and cost-effective wristbands with GSM connectivity for pregnant women to monitor their vital signs and automatically transfer data to health providers. The device, called‘Jeejal’, aims to monitor pregnant women for key causes of mortality during pregnancy and childbirth, such as pre-eclampsia, blood loss and gestational diabetes. The grant is co-managed by Tech4Life Enterprises and COMSAT Institute of Information and Technology.
This wristband revolutionizes monitoring of mothers for essential vital signs, including hemoglobin, blood glucose and blood pressure. The readings are transferred to the health providers using mobile GSM signals, thus substantially reducing the risk of maternal and infant mortality. Instead of traveling to health providers or laboratories, women will wear this wristband to monitor all the data that will automatically send the information to health providers using mobile connectivity. The device will also be used for monitoring non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, and screening of anemia in general population.