Fondation Pierre Fabre

Reduce birth defects and maternal and neonatal mortality

Main beneficiary country:

About the sponsor

Karuna Foundation Nepal

Karuna Foundation has been established in Nepal since 2015 and started to operated as a Nepalese NGO. The Foundation is registered at District Administration Office, Kathmandu as per the Organization Registration Act, 2034 B.S and has acquired all the necessary legal and administrative compliances.

Karuna Foundation Nepal aims to prevent avoidable disabilities among children and improve quality of lives of children and adults with disabilities and bring progressive changes in the lives of families at risk, developing evidence based scalable community models.


Sector: Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Country of origin: Nepal

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Nutrition

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • Provincial/regional (in one region of a single country)

Initiative start date

  • 01/01/2015

Initiative end date

  • 12/30/2024


Financing method

  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)
  • NGO

Economic model(s)

  • Donations

About the initiative

In Nepal, there is high maternal and neonatal mortality rates, plus an important prevelance of birth defects.

With an objective to prevent avoidable disabilities by improving maternal, neonatal and child health care, we started mHealth program in phase wise manner in Ilam since 2016.

In case of Ilam, there are six types of form (pregnancy registration, pregnancy checkup, Delivery Report, Post Natal Care checkup, and closing and opening of form) that are incorporated for capturing data regarding maternal and child health. The end-user for m-Health program is Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs).

This program uses a mobile based technology to register and track them to follow up for Antenatal Care (pregnancy) Checkup, institutional delivery and post-natal checkup including newborn checkup. Under the program, the trained FCHV sends a mobile message string to the designated gateway number to register the newly identified pregnant woman. The system then generates a unique pregnancy registration number and an Expected Delivery Date (EDD) for the pregnant woman.  Four Antenatal checkups are recommended by Government of Nepal. Thus, the system automatically sends a reminder to the volunteer to follow up the pregnant woman for the checkups. Upon the reminder, the volunteer reaches the pregnant lady to make sure that she visits the health facility. Once the pregnant woman visits health facility for the services, the FCHVs send another string (mobile SMS) to indicate that the pregnant woman utilized the services. However, in the failure to notify the system regarding the service use, the system sends reminders, which at the end, is followed up by the health worker too. Likewise, in case of any danger sign identified during the visit, the health worker notifies it to the system for further referral and management. Upon the approaching delivery date, the system sends a notification stating “Delivery period is approaching soon hence please make necessary preparation for the delivery.” This continues until the pregnant woman delivers at health institution and undertakes postnatal services and newborn checkup. Alongside, a best wishes card that describes about all the services and their importance is also issued to newly married couples and pregnant women.

Objectives are : to increase access to and utilization of maternal and child health and nutrition services, to improve quality of life of children and adults with disabilities and their families, to strengthen local government system- Palikas, health and education facilities.

Fields of application:

Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC) - Patient monitoring and medical data

Target audience

  • Pregnant women
  • Young children (0-5 years)

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity

Key figures

2580 Number of beneficiaries since launch

2580 Number of users per Year

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization


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Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.