APPROACHES

Access to quality health care is a fundamental human right. At IRD we have experienced the complexities surrounding health care challenges. We focus on building innovative programs that maximize impact while keeping our common humanity at the core.

IRD has impacted 70 million people in 15 different countries.

IRD – Motivating Communities to Adopt Healthier Lifestyles

Bringing valuable products and services to communities is only half the process to help create healthier lives. Communicating effectively to make people understand why certain choices lead to better health outcomes brings an environment of sustainable and consistent change. Influencing attitudes, beliefs and behaviors is a delicate process that needs to balance cultural and social norms as well as bring compelling value and benefit to people.

 

At IRD it is our priority to understand each country’s social value system, attitudes and beliefs to select communication channels and design materials that provide beneficial information which result in social behavioral change. All of our communication strategies are a key driving force behind programs to yield better results and shape healthier lives.

 

Learn more about some of our health communication work below:

Educating private healthcare providers on early diagnosis and appropriate TB care through key messages and informational handouts by trained field workers.

Diabetes patient info-graphic materials designed to combat low to no literacy populations to encourage more people to get tested for diabetes.

Creating a simple to understand bar charts called “Info-Tool” to help households understand the link between clean water and diarrhea.

IRD – Bridging the Health Delivery Gap

The IRD team leverages process and technology innovations to address global health delivery gaps, including the use of health market innovations such as social business models to engage private providers in lung health and diabetes care, as well as the use of performance-based incentives for community screeners and treatment supporters, patient incentives to enable treatment compliance, and the use of open source information technology platforms to allow close monitoring of patient care and program quality.

 

However the real difference we make comes from the stories of people we impact on a daily basis.

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IRD – Paving the way for Evidence Based Innovations

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Randomized control trials, cohort and case-control studies, disease surveillance, and qualitative research form the cornerstone of disease control efforts and our ability to influence policy for meaningful impact on the vulnerable communities that we work with. IRD brings over a decade of technical expertise in research design and field experience for affordable, systematic collection of data, its analysis and interpretation, and its use for influencing policy.

 

From childhood respiratory illnesses, vaccine coverage, TB, HIV and malaria to diabetes, hypertension and COPD, IRD has worked with governments and other partners to improve our understanding of the epidemiology of disease and interventions for control.

“One of the newest figures to emerge on the world stage in recent years is the social entrepreneur. This is usually someone who burns with desire to make a positive social impact on the world, but believes that the best way of doing it is, as the saying goes, not by giving poor people a fish and feeding them for a day, but by teaching them to fish, in hopes of feeding them for a lifetime.”

― Thomas L. Friedman, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

At IRD we have spun off an independent sister concern- Community Health Solutions (CHS) – dedicated to scaling innovative programs that combine social good for the poor with business models tailored for sustainability . CHS specializes in working with the private healthcare sector, which is often the first point of contact for the working poor in many settings.

 

We also operate public-private partnerships that bring private sector ethos and efficiencies to public sector services that are often beset by systemic issues. CHS works with partners reach out to lower income populations, including community health workers, schools and industries.

 

The CHS team has extensive experience in scaling health delivery programs for infectious and non-communicable diseases – from diagnostics to treatment – through business models that reach millions of people in low income communities.

IRD – Enabling technology to revolutionise healthcare

IRD is a pioneering force for developing and implementing technology innovations in mobile health applications, interactive SMS systems and electronic medical record systems for low resource environments. By leveraging the latest technological innovations IRD has been able to execute large scale programs that enable efficiencies in mass screening, data collection, monitoring and evaluation, link healthcare providers to patients and improve patient treatment compliance. In 2013, IRD’s technology team was spun off as an independent sister concern – Interactive Health Solutions.

 

By leveraging the latest technological innovations IRD has been able to execute large scale programs that enable efficiencies in:

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MASS SCREENING

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DATA COLLECTION

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MONITORING & EVALUATING

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LINK HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TO PATIENTS

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IMPROVE PATIENT TREATMENT COMPLIANCE

With strong technical expertise and experienced implementation teams we help countries deploy systems and build internal capacity to allow countries to work with the software independently going forward. IRD has implemented technology innovations in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Tajikistan, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Brazil and Peru.