Zero Project 2021/2022
Jan Vikas Samiti, an NGO based in Murdaha, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, launched Sambhav in 2018, an IT tool connecting community-based rehabilitation service providers with expertise to serve rural children with developmental disabilities in low-income communities rural children with developmental disabilities in low-income communities. Project Sambhav works with 19 grassroots organizations whose rehabilitation workers use a web portal and smartphone app to deliver e-health support, mainly by sharing pictures and videos. Service plans are quick and cost-efficient and traveling is reduced dramatically. In 2021 more than 700 children used the service in 10 states of India.
Although it is their right to receive high-quality rehabilitation services, children with disabilities in rural and low-income communities do not have access to CBR or any other health services due to a lack of trained personnel and limited infrastructural services.
Jan Vikas Samiti initiated Project Sambhav to reach and support children with developmental disabilities in rural parts of India with the help of a mobile application and a web portal. Project Sambhav identifies underserved regions, partners with local NGOs and provides training to CBR workers on how to conduct a physical assessment, as well as to film videos and use the mobile application and web portal. These specialists then use the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health to assess each child’s needs and create a customized rehabilitation plan. Specialists use the app to share pictures, videos, and checklists while communicating with CBR workers or parents, thus eliminating the need for the child to travel to the rehabilitation center for treatment.
Rehabilitation data collected through mobile application and checklists are constantly analyzed by experts. This continuously helps refining standard operating procedures through data-driven processes.
In 2021, Project Sambhav was used by 722 children with disabilities in 10 states of India. Since Sambhav not only improves the speed and quality of service delivery significantly but also reduces its cost by half on average, it has won awards and is increasingly influencing the work of local government agencies, such as District Rehabilitation Centres.
Proven 50% faster recovery rate when compared to traditional methods
Overall rehabilitation requires 50% lower investment compared with traditional rehabilitation practices
>80% percent satisfaction rate reported by parents of children with disabilities
Support the rehabilitation of 6,000 children within the next 5 years by expanding further of India and also in three new countries in South Asia and Africa.
Enhance current service offering by adding physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, and assistive technologies to the platform.
Continuously gather data and evidence to support the effectiveness of remote rehabilitation services and engage with international institutions and networks to adopt new practices
Project Sambhav is looking for:
- Implementing partners – organizations providing rehabilitation services in low-income communities in India, South Asia, Africa
- Funding to cover 50% of the expansion costs into new geographies, as well as service developments on the platforms
- International institutions and networks open to share knowledge and improve rehabilitation practices
Project Sambhav is choosing an affiliation model to collaborate with partners in remote, low-income communities.
They are already working with 19 grassroots organization in India and looking to expand further in the country, as well as three new countries in South Asia and Africa.
By paying a licensing fee, partners would benefit from:
- Access to the Project Sambhav platform
- Training based on performance assessments
- Optimized systems to improve their work