THE TEAM

Ruchit Nagar

CEO, Co-PI

MPH - Yale, MD Candidate - Harvard, Young Alumni Award - Yale School of Public Health, Forbes 30under30 Health Care, first author in JMIR and Vaccine; started KB as a class project in 2014, raised over $1.25M for Khushi Baby while still a student

Mohammad Shahnawaz

COO

Doctoral Fellow - Indian Institute of Health Management Research; dropped out to lead KB Operations. MSW and History - Aligarh Muslim University. 8 years experience working in public health in urban slums and rural India, previously with UNICEF India and with National Health Mission of India as a government employee; with KB since 2014.

Preethi Venkat

CRO

MPH - Yale, with Master’s Thesis on Khushi Baby’s First Randomized Controlled Trial, MD Candidate - Georgetown; with KB since 2014.

Vijendra Banshiwal

Field Tech Program Manager

Masters in Health Administration from IIHMR Jaipur; served as District Program Cordinater under department of National Health Mission; trained as Homeopathic Doctor; with KB since 2015.

Tanooj Luthra

CTO

Cofounder Streem, acquired by Box, YCombinator ‘13, currently @ Coinbase, 11+ years working experience, with KB since 2015.

Bhupesh Nagar

Project Manager

25+ years as programmer and tech manager.

Pawan Singh

Research & Data Manager

MA (Sociology), 7 years of experience with Randomized Controlled Trials including field operations and data management with JPAL South Asia; worked in 6 different States across India on projects ranging from Tuberculosis to Incentives for Immunization.

Jitendra Hayaran

Policy Associate

Doctoral Fellow - Indian Institute of Health Management Research; 7.5 years of working experience on maternal child health with National Health Mission,Family Planning with various INGOs, UNDP-Rural development and trained as physiotherapist.

Hamid Abdullah

Field Manager

MSW - Central University of Himachal Pradesh, 3 years working experience in public health and field research.

Md Sarfrazul Ambiya

Lead Analyst

2 years professional work experience as a Data Scientist with focus on machine-learning applications.

Vaidehi Supatkar

Lead Designer

1 year professional work experience as a UI/UX Designer with TATA,Co-chair Hexagon Bengaluru community(women in ux),TEDx artist in residence.

Sukumar Salokhe

Technical Lead

Sukumar Salokhe is a Technical Lead at Mobisoft Infotech, with over 10 years of experience working in software development. He overseas frontend and backend product development for KB 2.0.

Jitendra Kolte

Lead Mobile Developer

6+ years experience as Android Developer @ Mobisoft.

Gurudeep Singh

Technical Analyst

Gurudeep is a Technical Analyst for SYSCOM Corporation, part of Safran Identity & Security in Noida. Gurudeep directs a team of engineers who collaborate with KB to integrate biometric and security features into the KB platform.

Deepa Manjanatha

Researcher

Deepa Manjanatha recently graduated from UC Berkeley having studied Economics and Public Policy. She holds a passion for topics in health and targeting sources of societal inequity that exist in health accessibility. Triggered by an internship working on food accessibility issues in her hometown, Little Rock (Arkansas), Deepa looks to use her econometric analytic skills to create impactful and sustainable solutions to persistent sources of health disparity. With Khushi Baby, Deepa will be assisting in research design and cost effectiveness analysis.

Farhana Jamal

Comms Lead

Farhana Jamal is a recent graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, majoring in Sociology. Her experience assisting studies improving maternal and child health in rural Thatta (Pakistan) spurred her interest in public health. Her passion for entrepreneurship, technology, and public health lies at the intersection of Khushi Baby’s mission to mitigate the vaccination gap using wearable technology. At Khushi Baby, Farhana collaborates in qualitative research and grant writing.

Logan Stone

Researcher

History of Medicine - Yale, MD/MPH Candidate at Miller School of Medicine; with KB since 2015.

Joseph Zinter

Advisor

Joseph Zinter, PhD is the Assistant Director at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), and a Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. In addition to teaching design-based courses within the CEID, he also lectures and conducts workshops on design thinking, design process, and rapid prototyping. Prior to joining Yale, he acted as Design Preceptor at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and as a Clinical Specialist in cardiac rhythm management for Medtronic. He holds a BA (Fairfield University) in Engineering, a BS (Columbia University) and MS (Cornell University) in Applied Physics, a MHS (Yale School of Medicine), and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Yale University). Dr. Zitner taught the class which gave birth to Khushi Baby and has been an advisor on all things design ever since.

Robert Hopkins

Advisor

Robert “Bo” Hopkins, has over 25 years of private industry investment, management, and consulting experience. As a Managing Partner with CM Equity Partners he has led and participated in direct equity investments. During this period he has served on the boards of portfolio companies across industries in government services, manufacturing and consumer products. In addition to board responsibilities, Mr. Hopkins was Chief Executive Officer of Evans Consoles, a manufacturing and technology company based in Alberta, Canada. He is a lecturer at the Jackson School of Global Affairs at Yale and also co-taught the class that gave birth to Khushi Baby. Bo advises Khushi Baby on business and strategy.

Jeen Johar

Advisor

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Shail Sinhasane

Founder & CEO Of Mobisoft

Shailendra Sinhasane (Shail) working with Mobisoft Infotech has grown the organization to about 200 associates. In the Healthcare segment, Shail has worked on the ’Savi’ tablet specifically designed for senior citizens. He is working with the McDevitt Research Lab at Rice University and NYU under SensoDX as a commercial brand and developed a mobile app for lab-on-chip solution. In Transportation Safety initiative, he and his team defined IF-IQ (www.ifreeiq.com) patent-pending interruptions free tracking mechanism for driver's safety on roads. Shail has co-started '111Startups.com' as incubation+ program to help entrepreneurs validate their product concepts and get opportunity to pitch it to investors. With his leadership, Mobisoft Infotech has achieved several awards including being #8 ranked in FAST 100 awards by Houston Business Journa, 1st Prize winner of the best app at the Consumer Electronic Show, Las Vegas 2012. Shail is a graduate of the University of Houston with an MS in computer science

We would like to thank:

Alam Geer  •   Shirish Dhore  •   Amanpreet Kaur  •   Ellen Su  •  Levi Leduke  •  Rajiv Chegu  •  Sana Sharma  •  MENG491
Praneeth Sada  •  John Swensen  •   Ifedolapo Omiwole  •  Leen van Besien   •  Teja Padma  •  Aaron Lewis  •  Abhi Nayar  •  Anjali Chandrashekar
Wissem Gamra  •  Uzma Maryam  •   Archa Misra  •  Tarun Singh   •  Sanjana Malhotra  •  Ujjwal Anand  •  Nishant Jain  •  Sara Locke
Zahra (Zazu) Janoowalla  • Tyler Petrochko  •   Isis Tian  •  James Thomas   •  Julia Reyes  •  Thomas Zilong Wang  •  Daniel James  •  Olaide Ojewale

OUR PROGRESS

February 2018
KB welcomes 3 new members to lead design, policy, and data analysis
January 2018
KB wins the Johnson and Johnson GenH Challenge
November 2017
KB awarded 500K grant from GAVI
November 2017
KB publishes in Vaccine
November 2017
KB crosses 10,000 beneficiaries tracked
November 2017
KB publishes ISIF Technical Report
July 2017
KB honored as a Laureate by the Pierre Fabre Foundation's Global South E-Health Observatory
June 2027
KB demos system for the PHS Rajasthan, Shrimati Veena Gupta
Jun 2017
Khushi Baby featured as part of the Digital INdia HEroes Series by ET now
May 2017
KB selected by SPO India for the Emerging India Award 2017
April 2017
KB introduces offline biometric authentication by capturing the beneficiary thumbprint and saving it in their own health card
March 2017
KB welcomes MIT India Lab for 2 week externship with students from Sloane School of Business
March 2017
KB recognized at the Digital India Summit as the Winner of the Digital Innovation in E-healthcare Solutions Award
March 2017
KB wins the NFC Forum Innovation Award for Best Mobile App of 2017
February 2017
KB 2.0 App Officially Launched with Government Auxiliary Nurse Midwives in UDaipur
November 2016
National Digital India Trailblazer awarded by Union Minister of Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad
August 2016
Awarded Information Society and Innovation Fund Asia Technical Innovation Award
June 2016
Preethi Venkat and Joseph Zinter participate in the Classy Awards and Collaborative ‘16
May 2016
Khushi Baby selected as a finalist for the GAVI INFUSE challenge
May 2016
RCT 1 analyses complete and findings presented by Preethi Venkat at the MIT Rethinking Global Health conference
April 2016
KB was named a Top 100 finalist for the Classy Awards
March 2016
KB team invited to San Francisco for incubation workshop with UNICEF Innovation, Frog, ARM, FactoryX, Orange, GoogleX
February 2016
KB receives first prize in the Innovation category at the Tech4Raj Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program in Udaipur
January 2016
Ruchit Nagar makes the Forbes 30 under 30 list for healthcare entrepreneurs
January 2016
Selected to participate in CAMTech Entrepreneurs Bootcamp
January 2016
KB begins incubator program designed by UNICEF, ARM and frog design
November 2015
KB wins the UNICEF Wearables for Good Challenge
September 2015
Team KB travels to London for the 3ie impact evaluation workshop
August 2015
KB awarded $250,000 research grant from 3ie and BMGF to scale within the government context
August 2015
KB starts its first randomized trial in Udaipur
June 2015
Mohammed Shahnawaz awarded JHU Future Health Systems Young Researcher Award
May 2015
KB initiated collaboration with the Yale Human Nature Lab under Dr. Nicholas Christakis
December 2014
305 backers pledged $31,500 on Kickstarter, helping to bring our pilot study to fruition
June 2014
Beta app is developed
April 2014
KB wins the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health
March 2014
Project starts in the Yale CEID, through Bo Hopkins and Joseph Zinter’s “Appropriate Tech for the Developing World” course

OUR COLLABORATORS

These are some of the organizations that make it possible what we do. We owe a huge thanks to each and every one of them.



If you think we could work together please contact us about becoming a partner.

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FAQ & Financials

India/Seva Mandir

The form factor of a necklace was selected after talking to hundreds of mothers in the villages we serve and observing several children wearing amulets on a black thread for the purpose of warding off disease. The cultural fit of the necklace supports its potential for long-term, local adoptibility.
Mobile phone settings can be changed to display all text in the app in Hindi or in English.
We agree that necklaces are not customary everywhere in India, but we also agree with local tailoring of design to meet cultural needs. As we look to take this technology to new last miles, we will again have to rethink our design so that it conforms to local needs. For us, scaling up requires several steps to be completed beforehand; firstly, we must rigorously evaluate the value propositions of our system, both in terms of data collection efficiency and in terms of efficacy in engaging the community towards their health behavior.
Our team is based both in the US, primarily for development, design and research, but also equally grounded in India when it comes to implementation and evaluation of the project. Seva Mandir, our partner, has been engaged with these communities for 45 years. Our local team from IIHMR, Jaipur also brings tangible, on the ground experience working with the bottom of the pyramid in India.
Seva Mandir hires their own General Nurse Midwives (GNMs) to run monthly immunization camps. Local Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and Bal Sakhis (Friends of Children) are also hired and trained by Seva Mandir to individually track mothers, educate them on health issues, and constantly remind them of upcoming immunization camps. The visiting GNMs also provide basic antenatal care which is required by the government.

General

The knot keeping the necklace on the child is very secure and will not come untied easily, thus ensuring that the data is with the patient at all times. However, in the case of emergency or discomfort, the necklace can be untied by an adult or the string can be cut off.
If a child comes to an immunization camp and has lost his or her necklace, the child can be searched in our system by name, mother/father’s name and birthdate. Once the child’s identity is confirmed, a new necklace can be reissued and updated with the child’s immunization history with a single tap.
We are open to different streams of financial support, from social impact investors, charitable donors and crowdfunders, to grants that are looking to validate global health innovations. We are also excited to engage in new partnerships whether you are an NGO, hospital, research institution or for-profit company. Together, we can work to enable new interdisciplinary collaborations that extend our current work.
There is potential to apply our system to a variety of use cases globally; for example, the KB app could be used for Tuberculosis drug therapy tracking, or the storage of emergency information such as blood type and allergies.

Financials

  • 501(c)(3) Certification