Stress levels of frontline healthcare workers assessed at unique workshop organised by The George Institute & UNICEF
The George Institute for Global health India in collaboration with UNICEF co-designed "A workshop with frontline healthcare workers: Innovations for psychosocial support to health workers” at one of the primary health centres in the Uddhanam region on 25th August 2021.
A total of 26 health care workers (medical officers, staff nurses, ASHAs & ANMs) participated in this workshop. A comprehensive assessment was done for the participants, using SHARECARE application developed by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). Using this validated and standard tool, the stress levels, psychological distress, and insomnia severity index was mapped for the participants.
This workshop was a part of The George Institute and UNICEF Innovation challenge designed to identify “disruptive solutions for psycho-social support to health workers”, The aim of this challenge is to leverage India’s vibrant start up ecosystem to source potential solutions to support healthcare workers that can be accelerated and scaled within health care delivery systems in India and other Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC’s).
Applications were open for the innovation challenge till 22nd August 2021. Extremely promising applications were received for the challenge out of which 12 were shortlisted. The finalists made pitches before an eminent jury Urvashi Prasad, Dr Vivek Virendra Singh, Dr Vijay Anand Ismavel and Shabari Bhattacharyya on 1st September 2021.
The award-winning innovations under the challenge will be announced soon.