ZMQ Development, a Delhi based Technology for Development non-profit organization announces the release of its Photo Book ‘A Journey to Change’ and Talking Doll ‘AFIA MIRA’ during the India Afghan Trade Show in New Delhi. ZMQ Development, a Delhi based Technology for Development non-profit organization announces the release of its Photo Book ‘A Journey to Change’ and Talking Doll ‘AFIA MIRA’ during the India Afghan Trade Show in New Delhi.

ZMQ is working in Afghanistan on building technology linked tools for improving Maternal and Child Health indicators under the Millennium Alliance initiative, with support from FICC and Government of India’s Technology Development Board under the Department of Science and Technology with its other partners like USAID and DFID; in 2015 ZMQ was awarded its proven and tested model of MIRA Channel – a mobile phone based Channel for rural women on maternal and child health using RMNCH+A approach which has been successfully replicated and implemented in Herat province of Afghanistan.Today, during the India Afghan Trade Show at ITC Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi, ZMQ is releasing two products at 7 pm at the ZMQ stands in the Exhibition Area of the hotel. The two items are – Photo book ‘A Journey of Change’ and a Talking Toy for pregnant women ‘AFIA MIRA Doll’.

A Photo book – ‘A Journey of Change’ – MIRA Saving Lives in Afghanistan:

A Journey of Change is a photo book about the journey of ZMQ team in facing ground challenges, collaborating with local partners, conducting trainings in risk prone areas, implementing the program under the socio-cultural barriers nevertheless achieving success in reducing the maternal and child health indicators in the program area. ZMQ is now proposing to scale the MIRA Program in Afghanistan under the SEHAT program of Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan.

2. A Talking toy ‘AFIA MIRA Doll’ – an IoT based doll for hard-to-reach Pregnant Women:

AFIA MIRA Doll is an IoT based (Internet of Things) based talking doll which provides audio information to pregnant women in local languages (Dari and Pashto) on a daily basis about her state of pregnancy – what all the pregnant woman should do in terms of dietary information, medication, tests, precautions, do and dons. AFIA MIRA Doll is an extension of ZMQ’s MIRA program in Afghanistan. This Doll is especially developed for ‘hard-to-reach’ communities; who neither have mobile phones nor have any access to mobile networks especially for communities living in mountainous region with limited access to roads, moreover in the winters due to snowfall, particularly women with very limited access to timely healthcare. The doll also gives a complete immunization schedule of the child which is updated through a token issued by the Public Health Center at the time vaccination. Currently the cost of the doll is Rs. 650 but we plan to bring it down to Rs. 250.

About ZMQ Development

is a Delhi based indigenous technology NGO which works in critical areas of healthcare and education needs using low-cost technologies like mobile phone solutions and IoT tool (Internet of Things) for women, children, rural, poor and marginalized communities. In the area of healthcare, ZMQ provides technology-linked solutions for maternal & child health, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Polio; and in the area of education, ZMQ provides technology-linked solutions on basic literacy like reading skills, writing skills, numeracy & life-skills for out-of-school, rural, poor and marginalized children.

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