Backpack-equipped health care workers make a difference in Rio

This article republished with permission from the New Cities Foundation.

Last week, the New Cities Foundation's Executive Director, Mathieu Lefevre, wrote an article for Ashoka’s Next Billion on the results of the Foundation's E-health project in Rio de Janeiro. The project was the first major study looking at the impact of integrating e-health technology in low-resource, densely populated, urban settings. The New Cities Foundation is currently looking to dramatically extend the project with the city of Rio to cover most of the city's favelas.

"We were starkly reminded this summer, as Rio, São Paulo and Istanbul were shaken by some of the largest urban protests in decades, of the urgency of building more just and inclusive cities. One of the main demands voiced by the protesters in Brazil is access to health care. Here at the New Cities Foundation, we chose to focus on this very topic in our Task Force on E-health. Led by our research arm, the Urban (co)LAB, we applied our methodology of using technology and cross-sector partnerships to develop replicable, scalable solutions to deliver better urban health care."

Read the rest of the Next Billion article here.

Find out more about the project, findings, people and organizations involved in this short video: